fbpx
We acknowledge Australia’s First Nations People as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, and pay respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, upon whose Country SFF are based.
We honour the storytelling and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

When a City Rises

2021
Hong Kong
100 minutes
Unclassified 15+
Book Tickets
Save up to $7/ticket with a Flexipass, valid for in cinema sessions only.
An urgent and illuminating documentary that tells the story of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests through the eyes of four main characters. F:act Award, CPH:DOX 2021.
The film follows peaceful protestor (William), teenager (M.J.), law student (Eve) and ‘frontliner’ (Tan). All four are involved in HK’s leaderless movement fighting to maintain democracy in their island city. As the protests escalate and millions take to the streets, each finds a way to contribute. Eve handles the phones and provides legal advice. M.J. joins the throng but he’s fearful of arrest and what that will mean for his future. William struggles with the physical conflict and tries to keep to the sidelines. Tan faces tear gas and water cannons but struggles with family commitments. Across shopping malls and university campuses, the violence escalates as an entire generation juggles defiance, desperation and despair. This prize-winning and courageous film features exceptional access and dynamic footage.
A film which is not only one of the most complete accounts of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests to date, it’s also, at times, an unbearably tense picture which unfolds with urgency of a thriller.
Wendy Ide, Screen International

Tickets

Tue 9 Nov
6:15pm
Event Cinemas George St 4
Past Event Cancel
Sun 14 Nov
3:45pm
Event Cinemas George St 4
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
First Films, On Demand
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Hong Kong
Language
In English and Cantonese with English subtitles
Director
Iris Kwong, Ip Kar Man, Cathy Chu, Han Yan Yuen, Huang Yuk-kwok, Jenn Lee, Evie Cheung
Producer
Sinead Kirwan, Han Yan Yuen
Cinematographer
Yuling Chow, Amy Ip, Cathy Chu, Sharon Yeung, Han Yan Yuen
Editor
Huang Yuk-kwok, Jenn Lee
Genre
Documentary
Production Company
Enemy Films
Cart
Clear Cart

Your in cinema cart is empty.

View over 500 sessions to find the right films and events for you!

Browse In Cinema Program

Check out our list of films showing in your area

Browse Films

Donate Today
Help us bring you the best in cinema worldwide.
Booking Fee
$0
Subtotal
Total
Planner

Your planner helps you schedule your entire SFF experience. It shows sessions you've saved, purchased or added to your cart in a helpful timeline.

Sign in or register to save your planner!

Your planner is empty.

Use your planner to create your own unique SFF Experience

Browse Films & Events