Director Jason Wishnow has kept the production quiet for over a year, and is now Kickstarting its release.

Ai Weiwei, Chinese renegade artist, has been the subject of a film before – the Oscar-nominated, Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry. Now, arguably China’s most famous and dissident artist is starring in a sci-fi short that was secretly produced and has come into the public consciousness thanks to its Kickstarter campaign.

Sand Storm by filmmaker Jason Wishnow, imagines a not-so distant apocalyptic future, with Ai WeiWei starring as a water smuggler in a world where water is scarce. The short film was made in China over the course of the year, all while trying to keep the production under wraps and away from the attention of government officials.

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