Friends of Ai Weiwei is dedicated to raising awareness to the continued challenges Weiwei faces in his effort to secure an international passport to travel freely. As well, our mission is to broaden an awareness to free expression by artists and activists around the world.
"At first, we thought the story was just about these two people, but then we realized it was really about the period, 1962 Hong Kong. I was born in Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong the year I was five. In those days, there were a lot of people moving from Shanghai to Hong Kong, and they lived in their own isolated part of the city. They had their own culture, they had their own language, and they had their own music and cinema. For me, it was a very memorable time. In those days, the housing problems were such that you’d have two or three families living under the same roof, and they’d have to share the kitchen and toilets, even their privacy. I wanted to make a film about those days, and I wanted to go back to that period, because at that time, we still knew all our neighbors. And nowadays, we don’t even know who lives next-door to us." - Wong Kar-wai (A.V. Club)