Alison Klayman’s well regarded documentary will receive its Canadian premiere at the festival on Apr 26.

The director will introduce both screenings – the second one is scheduled to take place on Apr 28 – and participate in Q+A’s.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry chronicles the life of the Chinese dissident and artist and premiered at Sundance in January where it was awarded a special jury prize.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a perfect story of art as a means for change,” Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook said. “It is an incredibly appropriate opening night selection as it encompasses so many ideas we wanted to highlight throughout this year’s programme: from one person standing up for something they believe in, to the power of technology to drive change, to the strength of creativity as a whole.”

Hot Docs is set to run from Apr 26-May 6.