When 26 Jun 2020 - 3 Jul 2020
Where Filmfest DC at Home
Enquiry filmfestdc@filmfestdc.org


Directed by Evans Chan (USA/Hong Kong)

US online Premiere

Available throughout the United States free of charge at filmfestdc.org

Friday, June 26 – Thursday, July 3, 2020

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YItkEJENiU

Hong Kong is in the position of being both post-colonial and colonized, but the tenacious democratic aspirations of this semi-autonomous Chinese city astonished the world in the campaign for universal suffrage and human rights known as the Umbrella Movement of 2014, and again in the recent conflicts that drew two million people into the streets in 2019. In this essential film, veteran director Evans Chan puts us back in the center of the action in harrowing street footage and in affecting portraits, in their own words, of the movements’ intellectual leaders and street combatants: determined, articulate, funny, less vulnerable than their masked or fresh faces would imply. They face imprisonment, exile, loss of positions, political disqualifications and police repression for their beliefs. But the future is theirs: the democracy movement may morph, but it won’t die. In the words of one movement founder, “Don’t think because you imprison all the roosters the sun won’t rise.”—Judy Bloch, Filmfest DC

(In Cantonese & English with English & Chinese subtitles)
A recorded conversation with director Evans Chan and others will also be available.