As first reported Wednesday by realscreen.com, the Sheffield Doc/Fest in Britain received a request from the Chinese Embassy in London to cancel the screening of
The festival told realscreen.com that the official reason for the cancellation was "a restriction on the number of travel trips they [the Chinese representatives] can make to Europe." But the festival's director said that festival and Chinese officials held "a number of difficult conversations" over the disagreement.
In addition to the clash over the film, the Chinese Embassy also objected to the screening of "High Tech / Low Life," a documentary about the use of social networking sites in China. The festival is scheduled to run through Sunday.
"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" debuted earlier this year at the
Ai is an avid user of Twitter and other social networking sites to promote free speech in China. In 2011, the artist was imprisoned for 81 days by authorities in Beijing. He currently is fighting a $2.1-million tax bill in court.