Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei has delivered a widely anticipated video statement out of house arrest on Sunday June 10th at Cinema for Peace's special event on the freedom of expression at Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland.
Around 100 personalities from the world of arts, film and society came together on the occasion of Art Basel and "Art & Cinema for Peace" in honour of the Chinese artist. This special occasion included the premiere of the documentary film Ai Weiwei - Never Sorry by Alison Klayman. The film was also screened at the Movies that Matter Festival 2012 and was part of the A Matter of ACT programme.
Two time Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon concluded the evening with a statement expressing the worldwide support for Ai Weiwei: "Dear Ai Weiwei, we want to thank you for standing up for human rights and not giving in to the pressures which have been put on you. We are standing in solidarity with you and hope to see you released very soon. You can count on us, and on artists all over the world. We are with you - in our minds and in our hearts."
Go here to watch the video statement.