Blue Island

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Film Info
Country Listing:Hong Kong
Premiere Status:World Premiere
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Festival Info
Festival Year:2022
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Activism
Asian Cultures & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Chan Tze Woon
Producer(s):Peter Yam


Winner – Best International Feature Documentary Award

An elegiac corollary to the fiery documentaries that captured Hong Kong's recent protest movement and ensuing crackdown, Chan Tze Woon's Blue Island looks at the state of the region in the wake of the 2020 national security law, an era where many pro-democracy protestors have either fled into exile or are sitting in custody. Explicitly hybrid in its approach, the film not only blurs narrative and documentary, but also the years of 2019 to 2021 with a longer history of Hong Kong as a site of refuge, particularly the stories of those who fled the Cultural Revolution and Tiananmen. Alongside interviews and observational footage, the film incorporates staged sequences in which the protest leaders of today are cast in the roles of student leaders from 1989 and earlier, foregrounding and rupturing its artificiality. Timely and resonant, Blue Island grapples honestly with the fact that, despite valiant efforts, Hong Kong as we once knew it is no more. Jesse Cumming

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