The Umbrella Movement of 2014, also known as the Occupy Movement, paved the way for Hong Kong's current upheavals, but unfolded in significantly different ways. This creative documentary focuses on the intellectual, political, and discursive underpinnings of the social and political actions of 2014, before fast-forwarding to 2019. A range of thoughtful and engaged intellectuals, students, scholars, activists, and artists including Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man, Ray Wong, and Agnes Chow (many of whom are facing imprisonment for their democratic activism) articulate a range of philosophies, viewpoints and emotions, set against Hong Kong's spectacular urban background of skyscrapers, night lights, and street-occupying mass movements.
In the 1990s, director Evans Chan was a trailblazer making influential experimental narrative features in Hong Kong. His recent work sets incisive, revelatory interviews in a provocative and fascinating artistic context combining music, art, and poetry. Bracing intellectual history, Hong Kong style: engaged, vibrant, artful, and powerfully moving.
Also see Talk: Ordinary Heroes.