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Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films
February 19 - 24, 2020

Films Program to Download

In Studiokino 3 (bis auf 2 Ausnahmen) ist der Eintritt frei.

Admission is free in studio cinema 3 (with two exceptions)

ATTENTION: Admission is not guaranteed if you are late. In case of late arrival, you are no longer entitled to a seat in the hall. We start on time at the beginning of the performance with a post-admission in order to fill all the vacant places.

Artist Statement

Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films is comprised of 52 films made over the past two decades by myself, or by others about my work. In keeping with the title, all of the featured films have been censored.

My films cannot be shown in China, where my name cannot be freely published or mentioned online and where the authorities have tried to erase my identity. Expressing oneself is a fundamental part of being human. To be deprived of a voice is to be told you are not a participant in society; ultimately it is to deny you your humanity.

Why do those in power censor? Because they perceive certain ideas as subversive. This may be true, and this shows us the power of the individual’s voice. Art represents our instincts and sensitivities which cannot be so clearly defined or controlled. As such, it carries an element of danger because it is unpredictable. If we lose this, it would be a true loss for humanity, because we would no longer understand who we are; we would lose our perspective.

Censorship is not restricted to authoritarian states – think of Edward Snowden’s revelations of pervasive surveillance. I am interested in those whose voices have been suppressed, like the refugees featured in my new film The Rest, because in recognizing their humanity I maintain my own. I am not producing films just for the sake of producing films, but rather to bring these stories and injustices into the wider sphere so that others can know.

In China, when I was introduced to the internet, I felt it was revolutionary. Anything that was posted online could immediately be seen and reposted by anybody. At the time, the internet provided a platform for free expression that had never existed before. The films I was interested in making were those I could put online, shining a light on social issues that had long been obscured and which I couldn’t ignore. We posted them everywhere, anywhere we could. As soon as the films were uploaded, they would be deleted by online censors. So we would post them elsewhere, but they would all be removed.

When I came to Europe, I couldn’t ignore the refugee crisis, so I began filming. When the young people in Hong Kong took to the streets in protest, we began documenting. When something happens, you have to respond, to act. These films are my activism. They are my way of giving voice to these critical issues. Freedom of expression is the right from which all others flow. If this right is not guaranteed, then how can we talk about democracy, freedom, and human rights?



Länge: 166 min.

Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films:  Fairytale CN 2007, R: Ai Weiwei, 166 Min, OmeU

Länge: 60 min.

Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films: Ordos 100

CN 2011 R: Ai Weiwei, 60Min, OmeU

Länge: 79 min.

FREE ADMISSION FOR  Fukushima Art Project + MoMA Visit

Länge: 102 min.

Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films: Peaceful Land

CN 2011, R: Ai Weiwei, 102 Min, OmeU

Länge: 181 min.

Humanity DE 2019, R: Ai Weiwei, 181 Min, OV (English)

Länge: 77 min.

Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films: Disturbing the Peace

CN 2009, R: Ai Weiwei, 77 Min, OmeU

Länge: 127 min.

Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films: Ai Weiwei's Appeal YEN 15,220,910.50

CN 2014, R: Ai Weiwei, 127 Min, OmeU

Länge: 54 min.

Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films:  So Sorry

CN 2011, R: Ai Weiwei, 54 Min, OmeU

Länge: 103 min.

Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films - Stay Home & Ximei Getting Married

Stay Home, CN 2013, R: Ai Weiwei, 77 Min, OmeU

Ximei Getting Married, CN 2015, R: Ai Weiwei, 26 Min, OmeU – insges. 103 Min

Länge: 78 min.

Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films: The Rest  - Premiere 19.2.

DE 2019, R: Ai Weiwei, 78 Min, OmeU

Länge: 60 min.

CN 2011, R: Ai Weiwei, 60 Min, OmeU

Länge: 184 min.

Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films: One Recluse

CN 2010, R: Ai Weiwei, 184 Min, OmeU

Länge: 50 min.

Censored: Ai Weiwei’s Films : Without Fear or Favor

GB 2010, R: Matthew Springford, 50 Min, OmeU

Länge: 400 min.

Heaven and Earth CN 2014, R: Ai Weiwei, 400 Min, OmeU

15 Min intermission at 13:45

Multiple Entrance Time on the 20th of Februar: 10:45;  12:00  and 15:30

Multiple Entrance Time on the 24th of Februar: 17:00;  18:15  and 21:30

Länge: 60 min.

The Crab House CN 2012, R: Ai Weiwei, 60 Min, OmeU

Länge: 75 min.

You Know What I Mean CN 2014, R: Ai Weiwei, 75 Min, OmeU

Länge: 68 min.

Calico Cat CN 2010, R: Ai Weiwei, 68 Min, OmeU

Länge: 60 min.

Play of the Play CN 2014, R: Ai Weiwei, 60 Min, OmeU

Länge: 81 min.

Censored: Shorts 2

Länge: 78 min.

Little Girl’s Cheeks CN 2008, R: Ai Weiwei, 78 Min, OmeU

Länge: 47 min.

Censored: Ai Weiwei: At Sea + Laziz + Non-narrative film Idomeni

Länge: 140 min.

Human Flow DE/USA 2017, R: Ai Weiwei, 140 Min, OmeU

Länge: 87 min.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry USA 2012, R: Alison Klayman, 87 Min, OmeU

Länge: 61 min.

The Mala Desert CN 2012, R: Ai Weiwei, 61 Min, OmeU

Länge: 126 min.

Blossom Under the Full Moon CN 2010, R: Ai Weiwei, 126 Min, OmeU

Länge: 221 min.

Remembrance CN 2010, R: Ai Weiwei, 221 Min, Non-narrative film

Länge: 83 min.

Censored: Shorts 1 [Eintritt Frei]

Länge: 88 min.

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case GB/DK 2014, R: Andreas Johnsen, 88 Min, OmeU

Länge: 100 min.

Shouting Out CN 2013, R: Ai Weiwei, 100 Min, Non-narrative film

Länge: 42 min.

Drifting DE 2017, R: Eva Mehl, Bettina Kolb, 42 Min, OmeU

Länge: 142 min.

Stummfilm um Mitternacht: Beijing: the Third Ring CN 2005, R: Ai Weiwei, 142 Min, Non-narrative film –

Eintritt frei – free admission. Anna Vavilkin Live  on the Organ

Länge: 86 min.

4851 CN 2009, R: Ai Weiwei, 86 Min, Non-narrative film, OV

Länge: 76 min.

Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly USA 2019, R: Cheryl Haines, 76 Min, OV (English)

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