July 1, 2019. 22 years before on the same day, Hong Kong was handed over to Communist China. Numerous marches had been held over the past three months where as many as two million people took to the street to call for the withdrawal of the Extradition Bill.
Taking Back the Legislature and Inside the Red Brick Wall follow the intense pro-democracy movement that swept Hong Kong from June 2019 to the end of 2019. Taking Back the Legislature deals with the storming of the Legislative Council Complex on July 1, 2019. Inside the Red Brick Wall records the standoff between police and students at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. As you can see from the directors´ credit, both films are collaborations among innumerable journalists and documentary filmmakers of Hong Kong. Among the protesters and sometimes directly facing the police from a short distance, they recorded dramatic moments of the protest, which many official media could not cover. Apparent lack of leadership and growing uncertainty among the protesters generate inevitable confusion. Clashes and fierce discussions among the protesters leave viewers perplexed and sad at the same time. The Chinese crackdown on Hong Kong disassembled the pro-democracy protesters who once crowded every street of Hong Kong. However, recorded chronicles in these two films suggest that the root still exists and that they shall never give in. (MOON Seok)
This film is screened with Inside the Red Brick Wall of Frontline Section.
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