Also screening in the Scotiabank Big Ideas Series.
When he was just 18, Time magazine named Joshua Wong “the face of protest” after he formed the student organization Scholarism in protest of the Chinese national education plan, a plan that violated the “one country, two systems” promises made when Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997. Joe Piscatella’s gripping and lively David and Goliath tale was a hit at Sundance—and for good reason. Piscatella captures civil disobedience in its truest form. What started out as a group of peaceful high school students skipping school turned into a coalition with Occupy Central. Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong Chinese stood on the front lines and forced the Communist regime to step back. Absorbing Joshua’s unassailable spirit and focused intensity allows you to feel like you’re there, witnessing the birth of a great leader in what many call a watershed moment in Hong Kong history. Ravi Srinivasan