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One doc about Ai Weiwei received award at Sundance Festival 2012

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On 28 january, Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, NEXT <=> and other special awards of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival at the Festival’s Awards Ceremony, hosted by Parker Posey in Park City, Utah.

Among the lucky winners, one doc about Asia received an award

The U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance was presented by Heather Croall (Sheffield Festival) to Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry / U.S.A., China (Director: Alison Klayman). The film is a portray of the renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei who has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations and increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is selected by the International Berlin Festival in the Berlinale Speciale. The film is one of “10 Films to look out for at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival” according to  The Guardian.

The film is directed and produced by Alison Klayman. She lived in China from 2006 to 2010, working as a freelance journalist. She speaks Mandarin and Hebrew, and graduated from Brown University in 2006.

91 min / English, mandarin

Film website  film page on imdb

Among the winning directors and projects of the Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award, in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world, are 2 emerging film makers from Asia Pacific : Ariel Kleiman / Partisan (Australia) and Shonali Bose / Margarita. With a Straw (India).

The Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award, honoring and supporting emerging filmmakers, was presented to Jens Assur, director of the upcoming filmClose Far Away.

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival presented 117 feature-length films, representing 30 countries by 45 first-time filmmakers, including 24 in competition. These films were selected from 4,042 feature-length film submissions composed of 2,059 U.S. and 1,983 international feature-length films. 91 films at the Festival were world premieres.

About Sundance Institute
Sundance Institute is a global nonprofit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Through its artistic development programs for directors, screenwriters, producers, composers and playwrights, the Institute seeks to discover and support independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. The Institute promotes independent storytelling to inform, inspire, and unite diverse populations around the globe.

Official website

SOURCE: Sundance Film Festival

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