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The New York Times’ chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis recently named Alison Klayman one of the “20 Directors to Watch” on their list of rising international filmmaking talents under 40. Alison’s debut feature documentary, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, was shortlisted for an Academy Award and earned Alison a Director's Guild of America nomination. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize, and went on to win critical acclaim and many top honors, including an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. NEVER SORRY has now been translated into over 26 languages and released theatrically around the world.

Klayman lived in China for four years working as a freelance journalist for outlets including National Public Radio and PBS Frontline, and has made many media appearances to speak about her work, from CNN to The Colbert Report. The Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation, and Henry Luce Foundation are among the numerous foundations that have supported her filmmaking.

Last Updated: June 1, 2014



Cairo in Chinese

Alison Klayman
When Shen Yitong left her home in China to study French at Cairo University in 2008, she didn’t know that she would come to think of Egypt as a second home, or that she would see revolution come upon the country so suddenly. Her parents came from...