Lost in the Fumes
DIRECTOR: NORA LAM
Politician and activist Edward Leung is the subject of Lam’s intimate and disarming biographical documentary, which begins by following the young radical localist on his campaign to win a seat on Hong Kong’s Legislative Council—a contest which he’ll be barred from due to his advocacy for HK independence. Only 22 when the film was made, Lam is a near-contemporary to rising leader Leung, and their Lost in the Fumes shows the psychological toll—depression, disillusion, and anger—of passionate political engagement on a generation of young people tried in the fires of protest.
Introduction by Cheryl Au, an NYU grad student, who was on the ground during Umbrella and current movement.