POV: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

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Hell hath no fury like government functionaries on the warpath.

In April 2011, Chinese authorities abducted Ai Weiwei and placed him in an isolation cell. His whereabouts were unknown to family and friends, and he was denied legal representation. After three months of constant interrogation he was placed under house arrest for a year. He was also tried on trumped-up charges of tax evasion and pornography — the "fake case" — and heavily fined.

The government's intention was clear: Silence the artist, whose criticism of the state had become too much for the ruling party to bear. Yet that very muzzle became his megaphone.

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case dissects the persecution and shows how the government's attempts to silence Ai Weiwei have turned him into China's most powerful artist and an irrepressible voice for free speech and human rights around the globe.