POLITICS – New HK Documentary Follows Scholarism’s Joshua Wong


Lessons in Dissent‘ is a new Hong Kong documentary due for release this spring. Below is a rousing scene from the movie which follows student activist Joshua Wong who led the Scholarism protests of 2012…

Read Hong Wrong’s full lowdown of the national education protests – the city’s most significant uprising in recent years. The Scholarism rally attracted over 170,000 demonstrators and received international coverage, forcing CY Leung to back down on plans to impose the ‘patriotic’ education programme.

The documentary by British amateur filmmaker Matthew Torne’s film will premiere at the 2014 International Film Festival in March. 

The film also follows Ma Jai, an activist who dropped out of school at 14 – both of the protagonists grew up in Ap Lei Chau.

Torne spoke to the SCMP about his love for Hong Kong and the city’s constant identity crisis…

He shared his hope that viewers would take away an important message… “Take part in the civic society but don’t just participate in the odd July 1 protest. You don’t need to be like Ma Jai or Joshua, but pay attention and open your eyes… Hong Kong is politically ready to participate in the electoral system and it stands a chance of being a great place but don’t put your head in the sand.”

The front lines (in reverse chronological order – most recent first)…

Rallies/Demonstrations attended by, or covered by, Hong Wrong…

Reinterpreting major local news events in English for foreign readers and expats…