søndag 27. mars 2022

Hong Kong’s Young Independent Filmmakers Break New Ground Despite Crackdown

Less than two years after China imposed a far-reaching national security law, which saw dozens of Hong Kong activists and journalists arrested, the iron curtain is finally falling on the city’s once-vibrant film industry: A new film censorship law was passed last October to deter films that “glorify” or “incite” subversion. Not only does it enable the authority to render film licenses void, filmmakers and distributors could also face penalties – including up to three years of imprisonment – for screening unlicensed films.

By that point, the move hardly came as a surprise; a private screening had been raided by police, and the theatrical premiere of “Inside the Red Brick Wall,” the documentary chronicling the 13-day siege of Polytechnic University at the height of the 2019 protests, had been cancelled at the last minute. The clampdown left many lamenting the seemingly inevitable demise of Hong Kong’s status as Asia’s film capital – or so they foretell.