Forget Batman. Want to see a movie about a real hero? Watch “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” — which to me is the most exciting movie of the summer.
Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist who designed the famous Bird’s Nest for the Beijing Olympics and created an interactive installation at London’s Tate Museum with 100 million sunflower seeds, might have spent his career merely as a star of the international art scene had he not been living in New York City in 1987, the year of the Iran Contra hearings. The idea of a society so free that it could put its own government on trial for abuse of power changed his life. So when he returned to a post-Tiananmen Square China, he became his country’s most famous dissident, bringing creativity, impishness and tools of social media to the job.
“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” is a beautifully-assembled documentary that celebrates lots of things: bravery, conceptual art, cats that can open doors — and the power of Twitter as a tool of revolution. It’s worth remembering that the same technology that can point us to Star Trek Sugar Cookies can also point the way to freedom.