Despite promises that Hong Kong would maintain a separate status until 2047, in recent years the Chinese state has been reinforcing its power over the metropolis. The people of Hong Kong have tried taking matters into their own hands by organising large-scale protests, however, these have predominantly been brutally suppressed.
In Blue Island (2022), director Chan Tze Woon revisits previous moments of resistance and revolution on the island. The film documents three people who engaged in rebellion when they were younger and goes on to follow four young people who participated in the 2019 Anti-extradition Law Amendment Movement. The film blends these overlapping experiences seamlessly by accumulating archival materials, interviews, and reconstructing past events; the film encompasses the city’s turbulent eras.
Blue Island will be exclusively screened on January 15 at 16:30 in collaboration with NL4HK. The screening will be followed by an open discussion, which will be moderated by artist Serene Hui and ASCA PhD candidate Hannah Poon.