Ai Weiwei’s Appeal ¥15,220,910.50 is a film that documents the long and tedious legal proceedings that hound Beijing artist Ai Weiwei 艾未未, son of famous poet Ai Qing 艾青, on alleged tax evasion charges against FAKE Design, following his unlawful imprisonment in 2011.
His associates Wen Tao, Liu Zhenggang, Zhang Jingsong and Hu Mingfen were also imprisoned for over 80 days.
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Ai Weiwei’s Appeal ¥15,220,910.50 opens with Ai Weiwei’s mother Gao Ying at the Venice Biennial in the summer of 2013 examining Ai’s large S.A.C.R.E.D. installation portraying his 81 day imprisonment. The documentary goes onto chronologically reconstruct the events that occurred from the time he was arrested at the Beijing airport in April 2011 to his final court appeal in September 2012.
The film portrays the day-to-day activity surrounding Ai Weiwei, his family and his associates ranging from consistent visits by the authorities, interviews with reporters, support and donations from fans, and court dates.
The Film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on January 23, 2014.
Title: Ai Weiwei’s Appeal ¥15,220,910.50
Length: 127 minutes
Header image circa 2009, via Danwei.