Ai Weiwei (艾未未): Laoma Tihua (老妈蹄花) (Video) (Updated)

Artist/activist Ai Weiwei has produced an eight-part documentary about his last trip to Chengdu in August 2009 to testify on behalf of imprisoned activist Tan Zuoren. The video includes footage of the incident in which Ai was beaten by security guards. Ai later underwent emergency brain surgery while traveling in Germany due to injuries sustained during the beating.

On Twitter, Ai Weiwei said today that he returned to the Xi’an Road police station in Chengdu, together with lawyer Xia Lin, Professor Ai Xiaoming, and three documentary filmmakers to file a report about the beating. He spent four hours filling out forms. The police brought one video camera and Ai’s crew had four, so the two sides videotaped each other throughout the process.

The video below has English subtitles. Thanks to Diane Gatterdam for providing the links.

Update: ChinaGeeks summarizes the key moments of the film, and gives an update on Ai’s recent activities, here.


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