A candid account of the student protests that took place at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2019, culminating in a violent police crackdown.
Language: Cantonese, English – subtitles: English
In 2019, Hong Kong was swept by demonstrations against the controversial extradition bill. At the Polytechnic University, a group of students also takes a stand for freedom and democracy. Negotiations with the police are chaotic and aggressive, conducted via megaphones and politically charged music played over loudspeakers. The colourful umbrellas that the young people use to protect themselves against the brutal police actions emphasize the group’s bravado, which borders on recklessness.
Besieged inside the university campus
What begins as an energetic battle against the establishment turns into a lopsided game of cat and mouse when the police decide to surround the building. Within its red brick walls, the university building becomes a prison. Over the nearly two weeks that follow, fear and exhaustion grows among the hundreds of students, and so does the uncertainty. Should they hang on inside, or leave the building to face the armed police? The camera follows the developments and emotions so closely that it is impossible for the viewer not to become caught up in this deadly clash.
After the screening: live interview with the film makers
The film was made by the anonymous group Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers. After the screening the makers will join us for a live online interview, via livestream. They will not be visible on screen, as they need to remain anonymous for safety reasons.
SG & USE registration
Please register your participation on the spot, by scanning your student card before the start of the film at the venue. Please make sure you are registered properly, otherwise we cannot verify if you have been present.
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Please note: this film is planned to be shown in Natlab, Kastanjelaan 500 in Eindhoven. Currently all cinemas are closed because of the Covid-19 lockdown. When cinemas are allowed to re-open their doors to the public again, we will include the ticket links on this web page.