Interview opportunity with award-winning, first-time American director Cheryl Haines.
Haines’ human rights documentary AI WEIWEI: YOURS TRULY is premiering at Raindance Film Festival this year on Saturday 28th September and the film will be touring the UK festival circuit next year. Haines is the woman behind internationally renowned Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei – she has been working with him for over a decade and curated the monumental, hugely affecting exhibition about freedom of expression @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz which saw 900,000 visitors.
Inspired by one of the installations at the exhibition entitled Yours Truly which invited exhibition goers to send postcards to political prisoners, Haines decided to document the impact these letters had on the now released political prisoners or the families of those who were still serving their sentence for advocating human rights.
Haines and Weiwei interview the likes of John Kiriakou who blew the whistle on the CIA’s Bush era torture programme and the activist Chelsea Manning who delivered hundreds of thousands of classified documents that pointed to war crimes by the US military whilst working as a US Army Intelligence Analyst. Haines documents the stories of those who have been prosecuted by the state for advocating social justice and reform.