Ai Weiwei studio production “Disturbing the Peace” is a documentary discussing incidents during Tan Zuoren’s trial on August 12, 2009. Tan Zuoren was charged with “inciting subversion of state power”. Chengdu police detained witnesses during the trial of the civil rights advocate, an obstruction of justice and an act of violence.
Tan Zuoren was charged as a result of his research and questioning regarding the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan students’ casualties and the corruption that led to poorly constructed schools. Tan Zuoren was sentenced to five years in prison.