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“Power of Protest Film Series debuts at Carriage House Theater with Ai Wei Wei Never Sorry”

"Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention."

Dr. Phillip Guingona, Assistant Professor of History at Wells College, will moderate: inviting audiences to consider the context of the film in reference to other prominent public protests in China, including the recent movement in Hong Kong.

Opened to the public in June of this year, Power of Protest: Effecting Social Change, a new history exhibit at the Cayuga Museum, addresses the history of protest through the lens of both national and local level movements. An accompanying film series, Change Makers Around the World, expands that focus to take a look at international protests as well, inviting visitors to consider protest as a fundamental human experience.

Change Makers Around the Worlda Power of Protest Film Series, is presented in four, monthly documentaries from September to December. Each session will be hosted in the Carriage House Theater from 6:30-8:30PM.

Admission for each session is free, though donations to the museum are welcomed. You can learn more about the film series at

Join the Cayuga Museum for this unique chance to engage with the fundamental human right to resist, protest, and demonstrate. This program is a part of the Finger Lakes Film Trail. To learn more about the film trail go to Change Makers Around the World is sponsored by the Fred M. Everett and Ora H. Everett Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Support is also provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

If you are interested in learning more about this documentary series, reach out to Development Director Geoffrey Starks at or call (315) 253-8051. The Carriage House Theater is located behind the Cayuga Museum at 203 Genesee St. in Auburn. Parking is available next to the theater. 


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