If We Burn
DIRECTOR: JAMES LEONG & LYNN LEE
Hundreds of thousands − perhaps even millions − of protestors have taken to the streets of Hong Kong since early June. Sparked initially by the Hong Kong government's plans for a controversial extradition bill, the movement has now transformed into a broader push for greater freedoms and democracy, with anger over police brutality fueling a cycle of violence. The protests are Hong Kong's biggest challenge to Beijing since its return to China in 1997.
If We Burn looks at the movement through the eyes of Hong Kongers whose fates, like their city's future, now hang in the balance.
This 90-minute segment focuses on the events of July 1, 2019, a pivotal day in the early phase of the movement. This segment will eventually be a part of a longer film and larger narrative of the still ongoing movement.
The current 90-min edit will eventually be a part of a longer film and larger narrative of the still ongoing movement.
Rose Tang is a Brooklyn-based writer, artist and activist. She was a student protester in the Tiananmen Student Protest Movement. For the last 30 years, Rose Tang has been working on behalf of human rights in China, Hong Kong and Tibet.
Joy Ming King is a native of Hong Kong. He is a student of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. As student organizer, activist and a member of Lausan Collective (https://lausan.hk), King is an advocate for the pro-democracy movement both in Hong Kong and abroad.
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