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Hong Kong protest movie wins at Chinese language-language ‘Oscars’

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Hong Kong movie director Kiwi Chow poses after an interview with Reuters in Hong Kong, China, June 19, 2020. Picture: Reuters/Tyrone Siu

TAIPEI — A documentary about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong gained a high-profile award on the Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese language-speaking world’s model of the Oscars, in Taiwan on Saturday.

Kiwi Chow’s “Revolution of Our Instances” was named greatest documentary, prompting a protracted spherical of applause and shouts of assist for Hong Kong from viewers members on the glitzy occasion in Taipei.

Chow, who despatched a pre-recorded message from Hong Kong expressing thanks for the award, devoted the movie to Hong Kong‘s folks, saying he hoped it could convey them some consolation.

“I cried rather a lot after I produced this movie; a number of occasions I comforted myself with this movie, to precise my anger, hatred, to face my concern and trauma,” he mentioned, his voice cracking with emotion.

Native Hongkongis Chow’s movie follows a number of protesters and paperwork clashes with police in the course of the 2019 demonstrations. He beforehand informed Reuters that he hoped the documentary would assist the pro-democracy motion dwell on.

It was proven at this yr’s Cannes Movie Pageant in a shock addition to the line-up.

China launched a sweeping nationwide safety regulation for Hong Kong over a yr in the past to crack down on what it deems subversion, secessionism, terrorism and collusion with overseas forces. Since then, cinemas, universities and artwork galleries have cancelled screenings or exhibitions of protest-related works.

The protesters have gained broad assist and sympathy in democratically-ruled Taiwan.

China, which claims Taiwan as its personal territory, in 2019 blocked the nation’s film trade from collaborating within the Golden Horse Awards which have been based in 1962 and happen yearly in Taiwan.

In 2018, Beijing’s transfer adopted uproar in China and amongst Chinese language stars on the awards ceremony after Taiwanese director Fu Yue made feedback in assist of Taiwan’s formal independence, a pink line for Beijing. SM/JB

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