Screen/Society--Cine-East--"Raise the Umbrellas" (documentary) + panel discussion on Democracy in Hong Kong w/ dir. Evans Chan & special guests

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

Panel discussion to follow w/ dir. Evans CHAN, Rwei-ren WU (Academica Sinica), and Prof. Ho-fung HUNG (Sociology, Johns Hopkins); moderated by Prasenjit DUARA (East Asian Studies, Duke)

Film Screening & Discussion: "Raise the Umbrellas" (Evans Chan, 2016, 117 min, Hong Kong, in Cantonese w/ subtitles, Color, Blu-Ray) // Evans Chan's 2016 documentary film explores the origin and impact of Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement through the inter-generational lenses of 3 post-Tiananmen democratic activists - Martin Lee, founder of the Hong Kong Democratic party; Benny Tai, Occupy Central initiator; and Joshua Wong, the sprightly student leader. Comprehensive and intimate, driven by stirring on-site footage in a major Asian metropolis riven by protest, "Raise the Umbrellas" reveals the Movement's eco-awareness, gay activism, and burgeoning localism, laying bare the sheer political risk for post-colonial Hong Kong's universal suffragists who are striving to define their autonomy within China. // Panelists: Evans CHAN is a New York-based critic and playwright and a leading Hong Kong independent filmmaker who has made four narrative features and eight documentaries; Rwei-ren WU (Associate Research Fellow, Academica Sinica) is an expert on comparative politics, Asian nationalism, political history and the history of political thought in modern Taiwan and Japan; Ho-fung HUNG's (Sociology, Johns Hopkins) scholarly interests include global political economy, protest, nation-state formation, and social theory, with a focus on East Asia. Moderator: Prasenjit Duara, Oscar L. Tang Professor of East Asian Studies at Duke. // Trailer:

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