Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Sand Storm, a film debut of Ai Weiwei is on track

Ai Weiwei is in a film!

The Sand Storm is a low-fi, sci-fi short film set in a dystopian world where water becomes scarce commodity where Ai Weiwei plays a role of a smuggler. I presume he is water-smuggler, duh? According to the cast, it's not only about water, it's about human nature as well. The crew was filming this film in Beijing under the scrutiny of the local government and in secret from the rest of the world.

Before finishing the film, the film crew has requested to crowdfund the film on Kickstarter. Because of the information leak, they waited to crowdfund after filming it. Though they had pledged to raise $33K in 33 days, the goal has been reached in 3 days. Since then the amount of backed money has almost doubled. I guess people really want to see the film.

Since the Chinese government has taken away Ai Weiwei's passport, he can't legally leave the country. But a funny to find out that he has starred in a film when he got out of 'inprisonment' by paying a million dollar penalty to the officials. And did you know he had put forward his exhibition in Berlin? All that's missing is Ai Weiwei himself for the reason mentioned above. One thing that struck me of the exhibition was he painted a bunch of ancient Han dynasty's clay vases with car paints and displayed them - hence showing his rebellion.