Ai Weiwei: Chinese artist, troublemaker and political dissident

Artist Ai Weiwei isn’t afraid to speak his mind.

For instance there’s his self-portrait. It features him naked, jumping in the air, holding a llama doll in front of his private parts.

The caption reads in “Grass mud horse covering the middle” which, when said in Chinese, sounds an awful lot like “F*** your mother, Communist Party Central Committee.”

Weiwei has publicly criticized the Chinese government for, among other things, the shoddily built schools which collapsed in a 2008 earthquake, killing more than 5,000 students in Sichuan.

In return, the Chinese police have beaten Weiwei, placed him under house arrest, and jailed him for months on end.

Tonight at 10:30pm tpt2 will broadcast Alison Klayman’s documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” which won the Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize. It profiles this man who continues to challenge oppression with irreverence, and sometimes an almost childlike glee.

The documentary is being broadcast as part of the Independent Lens series.