Do Not Split
Director: Anders Hammer
USA/Norway / 2020 / 36 min
In English and Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles
Last screened on Mon, Jan 18
Followed by a panel discussion with the director, activist Joy Ming King, and a prominent activist from the film, moderated by filmmaker Steve Maing.
Filmed across an entire year, Do Not Split takes us within the heart of the 2019 Hong Kong protests, capturing the determination and sacrifices of the city’s youth as their movement becomes symbolic for a generation’s rebellion against the political systems of two governments. Armed with umbrellas, gas masks, social media, and sheer determination, the protestors risk their lives, safety, and futures against the police’s tear gas, armed vehicles, and violence. Anders Hammer’s powerful film paints a nuanced and sobering picture of the challenges faced by the protestors, joining student leaders and protestors on the ground to give an expansive and first-hand portrait of the unrest that prompted a government’s backlash, the passage of the new Beijing-backed national security law, and captured the attention of the world. Do Not Split premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at CPH:DOX, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, AFI DOCS, and won the DOC NYC Shorts Special Jury Award for Courage Under Fire.