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The struggle for Hong Kong democracy

Faceless
Regissør: Jennifer Ngo
USA/Hong Kong
(Human internasjonale dokumentarfilmfestival, Oslo 2022)

DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT: By following four young demonstrators, the documentary Faceless comes very close to the protest demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2019.

The massive protest demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2019 – which arose as a reaction to the bill that opened the way for the extradition of residents to mainland China for prosecution there – have gradually been portrayed in several documentaries. Norwegian Anders S. Hammer was, as is well known, nominated for an Oscar last year for his short documentary Do not split. At the Cannes Film Festival the same year, it had a two-and-a-half-hour documentary Revolution of Our Times, directed by Kiwi Chow, premiere. It contained extensive material filmed by the protesters themselves, and a large proportion of the contributors were credited under a pseudonym.

Like both of the mentioned movies coming Faceless, which is shown in the international competition program at the Human International Documentary Film Festival in Oslo, very close to the demonstrations, including scenes showing how brutally they were beaten down by the police. None of the documentaries feel superfluous in any way, on the contrary, they complement each other as documentation and necessary communication of these highly dramatic events.

Director Jennifer Ngo was working as a journalist in the UK when the demonstrations broke out, and decided to return to Hong Kong. . .

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Aleksander Huser
Huser is a regular film critic in Ny Tid.

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