CPH:DOX marks the anniversary of the umbrella movement protests with the addition of a new film about the Asian metropolis directed by the world-famous cinematographer Christopher Doyle.
This week hundreds of people in Honk Kong will mark the anniversary of the 79-day protests of the Umbrella Movement. A year ago, 100,000 people came together in Hong Kong to fight for democracy. Peaceful demonstrators hid behind umbrellas when they were attacked with tear gas and pepper spray by the Hong Kong police. The protests presented the biggest threat to the leaders of of Beijing’s Communist Party in years. The students’ struggle for freedom was documented by the world-famous cinematographer Christopher Doyle in the film ‘Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooler, Preoccupied, Preposterous’.
‘Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooler, Preoccupied, Preposterous’
In the film Doyle paints a vibrant and politically sensitive portrait of his adoptive hometown Hong Kong. He follows three generations living in the middle of a political upheaval in the Asian metropolis. There, the kids run around the streets having fun and playing games. The youth also takes to the streets, but in an organised and resolute struggle for democratic reforms and with the umbrella as a pacifist symbol of desire for social change. And finally, the older generations, who spend their pensions on blind dates. Doyle’s own personal soft spot for Hong Kong, where he has spent much of his career, shines through when he goes out on the streets to meet the city’s people. He approaches them in a friendly accommodating manner and with a twinkle in his eye. Whimsical and loose impressions from a megapolis constantly moving together in the same spacious image, while massive social and political upheaval builds up on the horizon.