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Film Info
Country Listing:Hong Kong
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Systems Down
Film Subjects:Activism
Asian Cultures & Issues
Children & Youth
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jennifer Ngo
Assistant Director(s):Crystal Wong
Producer(s):Lorraine Ma
Executive Producer(s):Nancy Tong
Bryn Mooser
Kathryn Everett
Tony Hsieh
Roberto Grande
Mimi Pham
Associate Producer(s):Christopher Niem
Editor(s):Samuel Rong
Cinematography:Scott Clotworthy
Stanley Leung


Systems Down: Challenging the status quo

What drives some young people to risk their lives and fly in the face of absolute power? Using immersive camera work and a heart-pounding soundtrack, Faceless takes us to the frontline of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong to meet four such young people. With total candour and wearing their protest face masks for anonymity, activists simply identified as the Artist, the Believer, the Daughter and the Student share their stories. Despite their different walks of life, what unites these four is their willingness to fight against a controversial extradition bill in an effort to protect the "one country, two systems" promise made by China. As they take to the streets, they face tactical problems with creativity and counter police brutality with commitment and unity. When the clashes between police and activists become increasingly violent and police fire live bullets into the crowd, each has to re-examine their own intentions, philosophies and personal relationships. Aisha Jamal

Faceless and it's Q&A are presented with support from the U.S. Consulate General of Toronto
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This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.


  • The Hollywood News - Trailer for Jennifer Ngo’s documentary 'Faceless'- set to land at Hot Docs
  • Women and HollywoodINTERVIEW with director Jennifer Ngo
  • Screen Daily - "Hong Kong's 2019 pro-democracy movement is seen through the eyes of four anonymous young activists"

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