Yellowing 亂世備忘

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Yellowing 亂世備忘

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
6:30pm
Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd, Vancouver

Length: 128 mins
Language: Cantonese with English Subtitles

Open & free to the public. Registration required.

Sponsored by: Centre for Chinese Research, Department of Asian Studies, Department of History, Department of Theatre and Film, St. John’s College, School of Social Work, Vancouver Hong Kong Forum Society, PCHC – Museum of Migration Society, VAHMS, explorASIAN, VAFF

Online registration is now closed but we will still be accepting people at the door. Limited seating is still available.

 

About the Film

The turmoil that has overtaken Hong Kong since its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 has spawned a new generation of young, passionately committed activist filmmakers; they want to tell Hong Kong’s story with Hong Kong voices. And the best indie documentary to have emerged so far from the HKSAR is this year’s Yellowing, by Chan Tze Woon, a 29-year-old with degrees in policy studies and film production.

Hong Kong’s fraught, tense relationship with its mainland Chinese overseers came to a head with the Umbrella Movement of 2014. A crowd of protesters stormed Civic Square on September 27. The next day police shocked most residents of the HKSAR by attacking the growing crowds with volleys of tear gas, whereupon a wide cross section of Hong Kongers occupied the streets in several areas and stayed for almost 6 weeks.

Chan took his camera on the streets for 67 days during these events. He shot 1000 hours of footage, out of which he crafted a sensational and moving document featuring revealing portraits of students who camped out on the streets and organized a temporary, alternative, cooperative and communitarian Hong Kong. Richly detailed, engrossing and dramatic, this film captures the sights, sounds, and feelings of a time when tens of thousands of Hong Kong citizens, led by energized and idealistic youth, defied their government and demanded real democracy.

(Shelly Kraicer, VIFF)

About the Director

Chan Tze Woon is an independent film director whose work includes “The Aqueous Truth” (2013) and “Being Rain: Representation and Will” (2014). “Yellowing” (2016), which made its overseas debut at the just-concluded Vancouver International Film Festival, has been nominated for “Best Documentary” for the Golden Horse Awards.

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亂世備忘──為找回我們即將消逝的……

2014年香港發生了一場雨傘運動,數萬人佔領街道,以公民抗命的方式爭取民主普選,警方以催淚彈鎮壓,最終演變成長達七十九天的佔領運動。一場佔領運動充滿希望的開始,冷清地落幕結束,香港人沒有爭取到民主寸進,但中間我們經歷了甚麼呢?

這是一個拍紀錄片的人和數個年輕人經歷整場運動的故事。他們在雨傘運動中,從素未謀面的陌生人,變成共同守衛香港的戰友。他們相遇在警察推進之時,攝影機在冷漠的警察與熱血的學生防線中間,紀錄著排頭行的學生以身體阻擋警察驅趕;於催淚彈後,他們又以各種方式投身運動:有人擔當義工處理物資分配、搭建帳幕;有人以教育參與,開辦補習教室;有人向外地媒體解釋狀況……在正面衝突的背後,他們在瑣碎的事務中,找尋著一個自己能參與抗爭的方法。

攝影機緊隨著他們的日與夜,當中所經歷的團結與分歧,從希望走到失落……記下一個個香港年青人最真實的情感,一張張看似不同而又相像的模樣。

《亂世備忘》希望為導演自己、被訪者、參與運動的人、用影像寫下一份備忘,不要忘記在2014年年末的那個自己,為著甚麼由「我」變成「我們」,又為「我們的香港」做了些甚麼;又為了那些未曾參與運動的人,看見雨傘運動的另一面貌。它不是運動發展的流水帳,它備忘的是當中最「貼地」的情感:以幽默抵抗悲傷、以憤怒掩飾不安、一雙雙膽怯的腳步但又步步向前。

本片已獲提名角逐2016年度金馬獎最佳紀錄片奬。

導演簡介

陳梓桓畢業於城市大學政策及行政學系,後於浸會大學修讀電影電視及數碼媒體。短片作品包括《香港人不知道的》(2013)、 《作為雨水:表象及意志》(2014),以陰謀論的故事及偽紀錄片的手法描繪香港的政治氛圍,2014他以攝影機參與雨傘運動,完成首部紀錄長片《亂世備忘》。