26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Hong Kong Moments
director: Zhou Bing
original title: Hong Kong Moments
running time: 90 min.
synopsisFrom June to November 2019, acclaimed Chinese director Zhou Bing filmed massive protests of Hong Kong residents against the law of extradition, and conceived his film as a monumental presentation of a historical turning point of “free” Hong Kong. Using various documentary material from the protests and numerous drone shots, he was able to create a professionally fine and well-edited mosaic of opinions of seven different people who, despite the fact that their subjective truths may dilute the essence of the fight against the dictatorship in People’s Republic of China, show the meaning of their fierce and (temporarily) victorious struggle for democracy.
„We filmed seven Hong Kong people during three months. The protagonists including a front-line protestor, a First-Aider, a taxi driver, a local tea house owner, a police force, a district councillor and a young girl who participated in the election. They live in the same city but have different lifestyles and values. I tried to record their story from a calm and objective angle, in a direct film way.“ Z. Bing
biographyZhou Bing (1968) is a Chinese director who has made hundreds of documentaries and won numerous international awards. His films about Chinese culture and art monuments have been screened both in China and abroad for their high artistic quality. He has also filmed portraits of important personalities in Chinese history and politics, the history of Shanghai, a series on Chinese settlers in Southeast Asia, as well as the exceptionally successful scientific film Snow Leopard (2015). For 20 years, he worked as a director for the official Chinese station CCTV where he also gained extensive production experience, and in 2014, he moved to Hong Kong where he founded the Sun Media production company.
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