When a City Rises

  • Documentary
  • 1h 40m

Protesterne i Hong Kong skildret indefra af de unge aktivister, i en modig film om en hel generations sidste chance for en demokratisk fremtid.

Protesterne i Hong Kong skildret indefra af de unge aktivister, i en modig film om en hel generations sidste chance for en demokratisk fremtid.

Bag gasmaskerne i Hong Kongs demokratibevægelse er de ofte meget unge aktivister lige så forskellige som unge i resten af verden. Men de deler kravet om demokrati og frihed, de har viljen og modet til at kæmpe - og de kan se, at tingene går den forkerte vej i den lille østat, der officielt har selvstyre under Kina, som nu strammer grebet og forlanger ‘uromagere’ udleveret. Midt i de voldsomme protester møder vi en 21-årig studine, et teenage-par og en nybagt far. Nuancer og dilemmaer giver dybde til den hidsige konflikt, der ellers risikerer at blive reduceret til en romantisk frihedskamp i ideologisk sort/hvid. Den kollektivt instruerede ‘When a City Rises’ viser os snarere, at kampen mod undertrykkelse ikke kun udkæmpes på gadens frontlinjer, men også hjemme i stuerne, i skolerne og på sociale medier. Og vi er med på alle fronter i en modig film om en hel generations sidste chance for et liv i demokrati og frihed - lige indtil Covid-19 dukker op og ændrer spillets regler endnu en gang.

The protests in Hong Kong portrayed from the inside by young activists in a courageous film about an entire generation’s last chance for a democratic future.

Behind the gas masks of Hong Kong’s democracy movement, the often very young activists are just as diverse as the youths of the rest of the world. But they share a demand for democracy and freedom. They have the will and the courage to fight – and they can see that things are going in the wrong direction in the small island city, which officially has autonomy under China but is now tightening its grip and demanding that ‘troublemakers’ be put away or silenced. Amid the violent protests, we meet a 21-year-old student, a teenage couple and a new father. Nuances and dilemmas add depth to the heated conflict, which is otherwise in danger of being reduced to a romantic freedom fight in ideological black-and-white. If anything, the collective work ‘When A City Rises’ shows us that the battle against oppression is not just fought on the front lines on the streets, but also at home in the living rooms, in the schools and on social media. And we are there on all fronts in a courageous film about an entire generation’s last chance to have a life in democracy and freedom – until Covid-19 shows up and changes the rules of the game once again.

Director

Han Yan Yuen

Director

Cathy Chu

Director

Iris Kwong

Director

Ip Kar Man

Director

Huang Yuk-kwok

Director

Jenn Lee

Director

Evie Cheung

Producer

Sinead Kirwan

Producer

Han Yan Yuen

Language

Chinese

Subtitles

English

Country

Hong Kong SAR China

Studio

Singing Cicadas

Bonus Content

Q&A
21m

Q&A med Cathy Chu (instruktør), Evie Cheung (instruktør) og Ip Kar Man (instruktør)

Q&A with Cathy Chu (director), Evie Cheung (director) and Ip Kar Man (director)

An Evening With The Hong Kong Movement
47m

Talk: CPH:DOX will pass the mic to three active members of the Hong Kong Movement.

Meet directors Han Yan and Ip Kar Man as well as activist Alex Chow and protagonist Anson Yip from the documentary film ‘When a City Rises’, all of whom are active members of the Hong Kong Movement. The conversation will be moderated by journalist Sofie Buch Hoyer and is part of the An Evening With talk series, with international artists, scholars and activists centering on the potential of facilitating change through art, knowledge and engagement. This year the series will focus on solutions to global crises – including but not limited to the current pandemic – and the role of art and activism in this effort.