37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly


While under house arrest in Beijing at the hands of Chinese authorities, artist and activist Ai Weiwei remotely transforms Alcatraz into an extraordinary exhibit dedicated to prisoners of conscience around the globe. His exhibit Yours Truly invites visitors to write messages of hope and support to those unjustly detained in other countries. The film follows these postcards’ journeys, demonstrating the comfort that can be found in the voices of strangers on the other side of the world. Director Cheryl Haines also explores the artist’s own inspiration for his work, ultimately creating a moving call to action that extends the already expansive reach of Ai Weiwei’s letters. Discussion with director Cheryl Haines and subject John Kiriakou, moderated by Matthew McLendon (UVA)

Supported by IX Art Park


Sunday, October 27


2:00 PM


St. Anne’s-Belfield School

Film Info

Director: Cheryl Haines

Runtime: 78 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2019

Country: USA

Language: English, Mandarin

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Ai Weiwei, Ahmed Maher, Chelsea Manning, John Kiriakou, Gao Ying