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 online screening: live interview with Glacier Kwong, digital rights activist
Glacier Kwong is a political and digital rights activist, born and raised in Hong Kong. Glacier founded Keyboard Frontline, where she advocates for Human rights on the Web and she has travelled with Joshua Wong to find support for Hong Kong pro-democracy movement as well as explain causes of the massive demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2019. Glacier has been politically active since 2012, and was involved in the Umbrella Revolution of 2014. Kwong moved to Hamburg, Germany, for her studies in 2018. She is now pursuing her PhD in Law in the University of Hamburg, her researches focuses on data protection, surveillance in Hong Kong and China.
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