What do nostalgia for and dreams of a future look like in Hong Kong, a place that has always been in a state of impermanence, taking on chameleon-like identities? The makers of these shorts examine the urgent and emergent in a city in flux.
A boy from mainland China visits his estranged father in Hong Kong to apply for a permanent identity card. In response, the father asks him to consider going to school there.
How do you consume the disintegration of a society from afar? Often, in the same ways as locals do—through online and social media. Deliberately unsubtitled, crowdsourced images interrogate our cultural proximity to—and distance from—Hong Kong.
A parable about control and an emanant vision of a changing people and place. Mesmerizing images coupled with public relations language from law enforcement agencies lend this short a special resonance in a post-protest setting.
A young woman’s retired parents want to leave Hong Kong, but their daughter is hesitant to join them because she is in a secret relationship with a married man, who has trouble imagining his own future—with or without her.
Director Tsai Ming-liang films Hong Kong by night, through empty passageways shimmering with nocturnal bustle and ghostly reverberations. A song from the past fills the dead air: “The beautiful night is slipping away.”