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The documentarists who covered the Hong Kong student protests did not keep their distance, did not put up an imaginary wall between themselves and their subjects—they did the exact opposite. To maximize authenticity, the Collective of Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers (whose members understandably prefer to remain anonymous) took part in the events and stood by the protesters at the risk of suffering police violence along with them.
In 2019, the red-bricked Polytechnic University campus became the base for protests against a bill allowing the extradition of wanted individuals to China. When the police laid siege to the place, the protesters found themselves trapped inside. Trapped with them, the filmmakers followed the dramatic developments closely. Their unique access allowed them to capture the tension, the despair, the arguments, and the ever present danger—all from the very heart of the action.

Previous Festivals: IDFA, Doc Fortnight 2021: MoMA’s Festival of International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2021, Cinema Du Reel, DocsBarcelona - International Documentary Film Festival, The 27th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

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Screening Schedule:
  • Fri 02.07 | 12:15 | Cinematheque 4 | Filmmaker Present | Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening moderated by Orly Barlev
  • Wed 07.07 | 21:00 | Cinematheque 2
  • Watch online | The film will be available from July 1st until July 10th