Country of Origin
Hong Kong, USA
Faceless + Reel Talks: HONG KONG & THE FIGHT FOR 21ST CENTURY DEMOCRACY
Part of the Documentaries Strand
In the pre-Covid days of 2019 people within Hong Kong donned face masks as a means of fighting back against the oppressive surveillance culture of mainland China. Jennifer Ngo’s journalistic account of the protests that followed, traces the political journeys of four young Hong Kong citizens, who are referred to as: The Student, The Artist, The Daughter and The Believer. Between this quartet of portraits and immersive on-the-ground footage of the increasingly violent battles with police, Ngo creates a film throbbing with the urgency of a political moment that could well be a flashpoint for a much wider conflict to come.
15 - Contains violence and scenes of protest.
REEL TALKS: HONG KONG & THE RIGHT FOR 21ST CENTURY DEMOCRACY
Hong Kong has, since the 19th century, been a place apart within East Asia. Over 150 years of British governance gave way to China’s ‘one country, two systems’ administration in July 1997. China’s rise to global economic superpower has reshaped 21st century international relations, increasingly reframing Hong Kong as the frontline of a battle between different governmental and economic systems that has potentially global consequences.
Dr Catherine Jones (University of St Andrews) chairs this timely discussion about the future of Hong Kong democracy with a panel of experts including: Baroness Helena Kennedy, Dr Victor Fan (King’s College London), Jennifer Ngo (Director, Faceless) and Evan Fowler (co-founder Hong Kong Free Press).
This pre-recorded discussion will be shown after the film screening of Faceless on Monday 23 August at 20:30 – this is included with your ticket. The pre-recorded discussion will also be available as part of your online ticket.
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