By Noah Beaver
The Chinese government has been and still is communist. It paints China as a perfect country. It does that by covering every single mistake, they censor every single natural and unnatural disaster, and they censor anybody in their country who tries to expose it. This documentary focuses on Ai WeiWei, an artist who has exposed China’s flaws.
DON’T SKIP OVER THIS REVIEW! I know at least half of you reading this have decided they are not interested in this movie, because it’s a documentary. And let me tell you, most documentaries bore me to. But this movie is an exception, because of how extraordinary and unreal it seems. It seems unreal because China itself seems unreal, unreal because of how unjust it is, criticism and satirization itself can and does get people arrested in China.
This is where Ai Weiwei comes in. He is a Chinese revolutionist His biggest contribution in China was helping build the Bird’s Nest for the 2008 Olympic games, which he later regretted, calling it a ‘fake smile’ for China.
In May, 2008, an Earthquake struck China. During it, many schools collapsed, killing thousands of children. Instead of broadcasting this tragedy, or even trying to get some help funds from other countries, the Chinese government ceased any mention of this tragedy all sources, no extra motives for this can’t be found other than pride. Like others, Ai Weiwei investigated the weak infrastructure used for the buildings, and produced a list of the victims on his blog, and 2 years later, made this memorial in Munich, Germany.
It says in Chinese: She lived happily for seven years in this world, quoted from a mother who lost her child in one of the schools.
This is one of Ai WeiWei’s many advancements captured in this movie. It shows how much work he’s put into his projects, how he’s criticized his government’s mistakes, and how the fear he’s had because of how much power the government has to make him stop. I fully recommend everyone to watch it, not only for the harsh reality, but also the passion that comes with exposing it.