Ai Weiwei, The Fake Case

by Andreas Johnsen

After 81 days of solitary detention world famous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is put under house arrest. He suffers from sleeping disorder and memory loss. 18 cameras are monitoring his studio and his home. Police agents follow his every move. Journalists, the art world,  his family, all want a piece of him and on top of that he is met with a gigantic lawsuit from the Chinese government, soon to be named ‘The Fake Case’. Ai Weiwei is shaken, but during the year on probation he steadily finds new ways to provoke and challenge the mighty powers of the Chinese authorities in his fight for human rights. Ai Weiwei strongly believes that China is ready for change. And he will do everything to make it happen.


Year of release: 2013
Director: Andreas Johnsen
Producer: Katrine A. Salhstrøm
Length: 89 minutes
Available on: DVD (PAL)


Best documentary - Bodilprisen 2014
Special Jury Mention - Yangon, Human Rights Film Festival 2014