The San Francisco International Film Festival 2019 is right around the corner. We are pleased to premiere an exclusive clip from Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly, a documentary by director Cheryl Haines that will enjoy its world premiere at the festival, with Ai Weiwei in attendance.
Here is the official synopsis: “The story of Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly begins with the remarkable exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, organized by curator Cheryl Haines. Following Ai Weiwei’s detention by the Chinese authorities, the outspoken artist and activist transformed the former island penitentiary with an exhibition that engaged over 900,000 visitors in a conversation about human rights and personal freedom.
“One of these artworks, Yours Truly, invited the public to compose messages to prisoners of conscience around the world. By the time the exhibition ended, over 90,000 postcards had been sent. The film follows these postcards around the globe — from Alcatraz Island to Beijing, Washington, D.C., and Cairo — as former prisoners of conscience and their families discuss their difficult choices and the comfort they took from personal postcards reminding them that they were not forgotten.
“Ultimately, the film Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly is a call to action through a simple act, extending the reach of Ai Weiwei’s art and urgent call for freedom from injustice and oppression as visitors pick up a pen and personalize the core principles of global human rights. Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly is a For-Site Foundation production and is available for distribution.”
In the clip, Ai Weiwei explains what inspired one of his artworks in particular. Watch it below.
The festival runs this year from April 10-23, 2019. The film will debut on Sunday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street in San Francisco with Ai Weiwei in attendance. Visit the official site for more information.