The Chinese dissident artist Ai Wei Wei, known for denouncing the corruption of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its violation of human rights, has secretly filmed a documentary in the city of Wuhan, where experts indicate that the outbreak of the CCP Virus originated.
As reported by Fox News, Ai arranged to install a camera team in the city to shoot the film called “Coronation,” while Ai from Europe carried out the direction of the film.
In a statement published on his official website, the artist wrote: “Through the lens of the pandemic, ‘Coronation’ clearly depicts the Chinese crisis management and social control machine—through surveillance, ideological brainwashing, and brute determination to control every aspect of society.”
The documentary shows a mosaic of images of ordinary life during a rare time. It raises the question of whether submission should be the cost of protection, according to The Guardian.
The film announces itself as the first full-length documentary on the CCP Virus, edited and produced in secret under great difficulty in recent months.
The promotional statement for the documentary also indicates that it shows the changes that took place in the city and an individual space under the impact of the virus; illustrating the value of individual life in the political environment, “reflecting on the difficulties we face as individuals and countries in the context of globalization.
“Ultimately, the result is a society lacking trust, transparency, and respect for humanity.
“Despite the impressive scale and speed of the Wuhan lockdown, we face a more existential question: can civilization survive without humanity? Can nations rely on one another without transparency or trust?” the statement adds.
As the Chinese dissident artist told The Associated Press, in early summer, several of the artist’s acquaintances, directors of photography, and amateur residents of the city were sending him sensitive shots of Wuhan’s struggle, even sending images from a hospital during the strict closure.
Ai indicates that the Chinese regime intentionally covered up the pandemic’s development, keeping it secret for weeks. The artist added that “In a certain sense, they will never change.”
As Fox News notes, Ai was placed under arrest by the CCP in 2011 and was jailed for 81 days without explanation.
The CCP argued that his incarceration was due to tax evasion, imposing a $2.4 million fine after that Ai left China but has the legal right to return to his homeland.