One Recluse by Ai Weiwei

One Recluse by Ai Weiwei

In June 2008, Yang Jia carried a knife, a hammer, a gas mask, pepper spray, gloves and Molotov cocktails to the Zhabei Public Security Branch Bureau and killed six police officers, injuring another police officer and a guard. He was arrested on the scene, and was subsequently charged with intentional homicide. In the following six months, while Yang Jia was detained and trials were held, his mother mysteriously disappeared. One Recluse is a documentary that traces the reasons and motivations behind the tragedy and investigates a trial process filled with shady cover-ups and questionable decisions. The film provides a glimpse into the realities of a government-controlled judicial system and its impact on the citizens’ lives. (Dir. Ai Weiwei. Run Time 120 min.)

A discussion with Kuiyi Shen, Director, Chinese Studies Program and Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego and Danielle Shang, writer and critic, will follow the screening.

Ai Weiwei Documentaries

The Hammer presents three days of documentaries about and by China’s most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic—Ai Weiwei. Ai’s detainment for three months in a secret detention center sparked a global outcry from human rights activists and the art world. 

Never Sorry
Monday, September 24, 7:30PM

Chang’an Boulevard

Tuesday, September 25, 11:00AM-8:00PM

Disturbing the Peace
Tuesday, September 25, 7:30PM

Beijing The Second Ring & The Third Ring
Wednesday, September 26, 11:00AM-8:00PM

One Recluse
Wednesday, September 26, 7:30PM

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets for assigned seating in the Billy Wilder Theater are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis. 

As a benefit for their support, members enjoy priority ticketing and seat selection, subject to availability.

Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6PM. 

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.