Thursday, February 5, 2015

Documentary Lessons in Dissent (未夠秤) and discussion with director at Pitt, February 11.

The Asian Studies Center newsletter tells us the 2014 documentary Lessons in Dissent (未夠秤) will be shown at the University of Pittsburgh on February 11, and will feature a discussion with director Matthew Torne.
A synopsis, from the film's official website:
Filmed over 18 months, Lessons in Dissent is a kaleidoscopic, visceral portrait of a new generation of Hong Kong democracy activists.

School boy JOSHUA WONG dedicates himself to stopping the introduction of National Education. His campaign begins to snowball when an interview goes viral on YouTube, with the new school year fast approaching, a showdown with the government seems inevitable. Microphone in hand, and still in his school uniform, he leads 120,000 protesters into battle.

Meanwhile, former classmate Ma Jai fights against political oppression on the streets and in the courts. Having dropped out of school and dedicated himself to the social movement, he endures the persecution suffered by those not lucky enough to be protected by the media’s glare.

Lessons in Dissent catapults the viewer on to the streets of Hong Kong and into the heart of the action: confronting the viewer with Hong Kong’s oppressive heat, stifling humidity and air thick with dissent.
The event runs from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (campus map).