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20/5 (Wed) 7:45pm*
A documentary short about the Anti–Extradition Law Amendment Bill (Anti-ELAB) movement, director Kansas Liu shows her unyielding rage against the state machine once again after the previously released Van Drivers (2015). The Time of the Individual was shot on July 7, 2019 during the Tsim Sa Tsui protest. It documented the protesters promoting their cause to Mainland Chinese tourists. Suddenly, the peaceful protest has become the open arena to explore the tension between China and Hong Kong. Yelling protest slogans in Putonghua has become quite a twisted sight in these times.
Hong Kong Award (Shorts), Hong Kong International Documentary Festival 2019
Another documentary short about the Anti-ELAB movement, Comrades refers to the brothers and sisters in arms during these difficult months. The clash at Western District on July 28, 2019 might have been pushed aside by other bigger incidents, but it gives us a glimpse into how frontline comrades getting acquainted with each other as they make plans for action. Every disagreement and every persuasion is an act of living. These comrades are simultaneously strangers and intimate. They disagree yet they are also united. At the time, they could still retreat via the MTR and get to know each other on the train platform.
Trial and Error
The third Anti-ELAB documentary short in this series takes us to the airport occupation on August 12, 2019. Though this new form of protest turns into a crisis quickly, it is an important lesson for the protesters. Compared to the tension inside the airport terminal, the long walk home on the Lantau highway at the time of sunset feels like a reminiscence of a field trip.
Not One Less
The fourth documentary of this Anti-ELAB series marks the 100-day anniversary of the movement, when the grim reality of arrests and injuries adds to the count everyday. Although the film starts with the situation at Hong Kong Island on August 31, 2019, it slyly conceals the important event and focuses on the “daily life” of the frontline protesters instead. Their somber and dejected mood is increasingly apparent. Not One Less applies not only to their demands, but also the lives of comrades.
In Want of a Mask
The COVID-19 exploded in China. Thousands of people from the mainland rushed to Hong Kong that made the people panic. The supply of the face masks cannot meet the demand. Some non-governmental organisations distributed face masks to the elderly in early February that attracted lots of the people to queue up and buy.
After a night of planning and mourning, a storm is brewing at early hours of July 1, 2019. Taking back the Legislature primarily focuses on a group of protesters putting their lives on the lines and dedicated documentary filmmakers. In face of the absurdity of the government’s indoor flag ceremony, protesters question the usefulness of peaceful protest and hope to storm the Legislative Council Complex as a last ditch effort to ignite change in the movement. As they confront pro-democracy councilors outside the complex, their pent-up anger and despair explode. Due to the police’s decision to leave the building defenseless, the group successfully takes back the Legislative Council Complex momentarily and reads out their declaration. Though history has warned of futility in occupied space, violent street clashes continue deep into the night even after the group has retreated. The combat mentality has already taken root in the people’s heart and they shall not give up anymore.
The Anti-ELAB movement comes to a most horrifying peak in mid-November at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. When protesters call for a citywide strike and road blockage, police chooses to disperse the protesters who were blocking the Cross-Harbor Tunnel. Many of the protesters retreat to the Polytechnic University while police completely puts the school in a lockdown by completely surrounding the area. Anxious citizens want to help but can barely go near the campus. Meanwhile, within those red brick walls, the camera captures a campus shrouded in darkness and horror. Besides trying to leave or hide, the only thing they can do is wait. Like all of Hong Kong living under a totalitarian regime, how could the trapped ones, the protesters and Hong Kongers come out alive?
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Co-Presenters: Hong Kong Arts Centre, Ying E Chi