Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly directed by Cheryl Haines tells the story of Ai Weiwei's father receiving an anonymous postcard while exiled as a dissident poet in the 1950s, and how this one small act of humanity had a profoundly moving and transformational impact on both father and son. In the film, Ai Weiwei reveals candid details about his childhood, while his mother and brother recall years of privation on the edge of the Gobi Desert during her first ever on-camera interview about Ai Weiwei's childhood.
The years in the Gobi Desert, along with his 2011 detention, became the inspiration for his revolutionary exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, a monumental presentation of new artworks addressing the struggle for fundamental human rights. The exhibition was organised in 2014 by the film’s director and one of the USA's most important voices in contemporary art, Cheryl Haines.
AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY is premiering at Raindance Film Festival this year on Saturday 28th September and the film will be touring the UK festival circuit next year.