Asia and the Pacific Screens
5:15pm - 6:45pm
09 Jun 2016
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
2004, 70mins, Hong Kong
Directed by Tammy Cheung 張虹
Cantonese with English subtitles
This observational documentary records the 1 July protest of 2003, showing the preparations, the protest and aftermath. Roughly half a million people gathered that day, the largest protests in Hong Kong since the May 1989 marches in sympathy with the Beijing democracy movement. ‘July 1st’ protests had been organised annually since the 1997 handover of sovereignty to China, initiated by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, a grassroots pro-democracy group founded in May 1989 in solidarity with the Beijing protests. Yet it was not until 2003—amid a weakening economy, in the shadow of SARS, and in the face of anti-sedition proposals—that the march was embraced by such a large portion of the Hong Kong public. The massive opposition led Tung Chee-hwa’s government to shelve the anti-sedition laws indefinitely a week later.
This screening is part of the June Four, Three Films special series, it will be followed by a short informal discussion.
This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Five: Made in Hong Kong, presented by the Australian Centre on China in the World.