Hong Kong International Documentary 2020

Hong Kong International Documentary Festival 2020

This year, the Festival received more than 2,000 entries from over 110 countries. After a couple rounds of selection, 34 documentaries from 21 countries are chosen. The programme is divided into four segments, including the 'International Doc Competition', 'Chinese Doc Competition', 'International Selection' and 'Hong Kong Selection'.  

International Doc Competition

The International Doc Competition features 12 films from 10 countries, such as France, Russia, Israel, Iran, Argentina, Indonesia and Japan. They include: African Bride which portrays the hedonistic lifestyle of a retired Caucasian man who moved to Africa and the troubles with his African conquests; Of Land and Bread, which shows us what life is like for Palestinian civilians living under Israeli Occupation; Around the Bed of a Dying Collaborator, which follows the last days of a Palestinian who betrayed his fellowmen; Formerly Youth Square, an Iranian female journalist's self-reflection on the challenges and adversities faced by the local media; Help is on the Way, which explores the life of Indonesian women working overseas as domestic workers; Map of Latin American Dreams, a film by an Argentinian photographer who spent decades filming Latin Americans and their dreams; also from Argentina but filmed in a hospital, Mother-Child which quietly observes the plight of female patients suffering from both sexual violence and conservative religious doctrine; Hey! Teachers! from Russia where two Russian teachers are torn between the harsh reality and their high ideals; Transparent World, which sees a Georgian father trying to educate his mentally handicapped son in filmmaking; Hôtel-Régina, documenting the transformation of a luxurious hotel into a budget motel and its last days; CELL 364, a memoir about a former political inmate and My Theatre, featuring how a Japanese elderly man dedicated his whole life to preserving a hundred-year-old theatre.

Chinese Doc Competition

The Chinese Doc Competition features  10 films, including five from mainland China, three from Taiwan and two from Hong Kong. Films from the Mainland include: Blank Canvas, whereby the director uses her own film to encourage her father, now recovering from a stroke, to paint again; Heaven Can Wait, which follows a mother's search for truth behind her daughter's rape and murder; Uncle Guo's DreamWorks, a study of  the “Art Exam Training” in the Mainland; The Chinese Plaster, which explores the heritage of ancient medicine making; and The Old Barber,  which succinctly looks at the life of a handicapped barber. From Taiwan, the films include:  A Decision, which examines the dilemma of life and death for paralysed patients; Ah Ying: The Extraordinary, where a hawker is bent on pursuing justice using her self-taught legal knowledge; Đặng Tú Trinh, which illustrates an overseas Vietnamese bride trying to make the best out of life. Finally, from Hong Kong, the two films are: Comrades, a documentary about last year's social movement and In Want of a Mask , which depicts the scramble for masks by the public at the start of the year. 

International Selection

Apart from the International Doc Competition,  the International Selection will feature nine outstanding works from nine countries: Madness in Aleppo is a record of atrocities of Syria's Occupation; Gevar's Land offers a glimpse of the life of a Syrian refugee; Zeinab on the Scooter follows the quest for independence of a Muslim Lebanese woman; A Mom for Julia is a film about three Russian women who becamemumto a young girl; Ukraine's Birthmark  explores the relationship between the director and her mentally disturbed mother; Tanda is a portrait of the different patrons of a Bulgarian Tango club; Glitter and Dust showcases several American girls competing in the Rodeo sport; Brazil's Babenco: Tell Me When I Die captures the final hours of Babenco, the director of  the famed Kiss of the Spider Woman; and from Sweden, in Criteria of Rape, the victim discusses the difficulties of pursuing justice.

Hong Kong Selection

The three Hong Kong films which will be presented this year include: Floating Mushroom, a film about the last days of the traditional food stalls in housing estates; A Hong Kong Famer's Lot, a portrait of the life of farmers in Hong Kong; and Consciously Unconscious, which explores the creative ideals behind every artist.

 

Festival Date20th November to 9th December, 2020 

Screening Venue:

1. MOViE MOViE Cityplaza (5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Hong Kong)

2. PREMIERE ELEMENTS (2/F, ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon)

3. MOViE MOViE Pacific Place (Level 1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road, Hong Kong Island)

 

Enquiries
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Screening Schedule

Date

 

Time

Venue

Film

20/11

Fri

7:50pm

MM

CELL 364 + African Bride

21/11

Sat

6:00pm

PP

Đặng Tú Trinh + A Decision

 

 

7:55pm

PP

Hey! Teachers!

 

 

8:00pm

MM

Blank Canvas + A Hong Kong Farmer's Lot* + Consciously Unconscious*

22/11

Sun

6:00pm

PP

Help is on the Way

 

 

7:45pm

PP

Tanda + Babenco: Tell Me When I Die

 

 

7:45pm

MM

My Theatre + Around the Bed of a Dying Collaborator + In Want of a Mask*

23/11

Mon

7:45pm

MM

The Chinese Plaster

24/11

Tue

8:05pm

MM

GEVAR'S LAND

25/11

Wed

8:00pm

MM

Uncle Guos DreamWorks

26/11

Thu

7:50pm

PE

Glitter & Dust

27/11

Fri

8:00pm

PE

Madness in Aleppo

28/11

Sat

3:40pm

MM

Hôtel-Régina + Floating Mushroom*

 

 

5:50pm

MM

Comrades + Formerly Youth Square

 

 

7:50pm

MM

Of Land and Bread

 

 

4:00pm

PE

Birthmark + A Mom for Julia

 

 

5:55pm

PE

Heaven Can Wait

 

 

7:50pm

PE

Map of Latin American Dreams

29/11

Sun

4:00pm

MM

The Old Barber + Transparent World

 

 

6:00pm

MM

Ah Ying: The Extraordinary Ordinary + Mother-Child

 

 

7:55pm

MM

Criteria of Rape + Zeinab on the Scooter

 

 

4:10pm

PE

GEVAR'S LAND

 

 

5:50pm

PE

CELL 364 + African Bride

 

 

7:40pm

PE

Uncle Guos DreamWorks

30/11

Mon

7:45pm

MM

Đặng Tú Trinh + A Decision

1/12

Tue

8:00pm

MM

Madness in Aleppo

2/12

Wed

7:50pm

PE

Tanda + Babenco: Tell Me When I Die

3/12

Thu

7:55pm

PE

Hey! Teachers!

4/12

Fri

7:40pm

PE

My Theatre + Around the Bed of a Dying Collaborator + In Want of a Mask*

5/12

Sat

4:00pm

MM

Map of Latin American Dreams

 

 

5:50pm

MM

Birthmark + A Mom for Julia

 

 

7:45pm

MM

Glitter & Dust

 

 

3:30pm

PE

Hôtel-Régina + Floating Mushroom*

 

 

5:40pm

PE

The Old Barber + Transparent World

 

 

7:40pm

PE

Comrades + Formerly Youth Square

6/12

Sun

3:55pm

MM

Help is on the Way

 

 

5:45pm

MM

The Chinese Plaster

 

 

7:45pm

MM

Heaven Can Wait

 

 

4:00pm

PE

Criteria of Rape + Zeinab on the Scooter

 

 

5:50pm

PE

Blank Canvas + A Hong Kong Farmer's Lot* + Consciously Unconscious*

 

 

7:40pm

PE

Ah Ying: The Extraordinary Ordinary + Mother-Child

7/12

Mon

8:00pm

PE

Of Land and Bread

8/12

Tue

7:50pm

PE

Winning Entries of the Chinese Doc Competition

9/12

Wed

7:55pm

PE

Winning Entries of the International Doc Competition

*Q&A session with the director


Venue

MM

MOViE MOViE Cityplaza

 

Address: 5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Hong Kong

 

Directions: Around 5-minute walk from Exit D2, Tai Koo MTR Station

 

PE

PREMIERE ELEMENTS

 

Address: 2/F, ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon

 

Directions: Exit B, Kowloon MTR Station

 

PP

MOViE MOViE Pacific Place

 

Address: Level 1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road, Hong Kong Island

 

Directions: Exit F, Admiralty MTR Station

 

The dilemma of life and death for paralysed patients.

The scramble for masks by the public at the start of the year.

A documentary about last year's social movement.

A mother's search for truth behind her daughter's rape and murder.

A study of theArt Exam Trainingin the Mainland.

The director uses her own film to encourage her father.

A hawker is bent on pursuing justice using her self-taught legal knowledge.

The life of a handicapped barber.

An overseas Vietnamese bride trying to make the best out of life.

The heritage of ancient medicine making.

What life is like for Palestinian civilians living under Israeli Occupation.

A memoir about a former political inmate.

The plight of female patients suffering from both sexual violence and conservative religious doctrine.

The life of Indonesian women working overseas as domestic workers.

A Japanese elderly man dedicated his whole life to preserving a hundred-year-old theatre.

An Argentinian photographer who spent decades filming Latin Americans and their dreams.

An Iranian female journalist's self-reflection on the challenges and adversities faced by the local media.

The hedonistic lifestyle of a retired Caucasian man who moved to Africa and the troubles with his African conquests.

The last days of a Palestinian who betrayed his fellowmen.

The transformation of a luxurious hotel into a budget motel and its last days.

A Georgian father trying to educate his mentally handicapped son in filmmaking.

Two Russian teachers are torn between the harsh reality and their high ideals.

The last days of the traditional food stalls in housing estates.

The creative ideals behind every artist.

A portrait of the life of farmers in Hong Kong.

Several American girls competing in the Rodeo sport.

The final hours of Babenco, the director of the famed Kiss of the Spider Woman.

A glimpse of the life of a Syrian refugee.

A film about three Russian women who became mum to a young girl.

The victim discusses the difficulties of pursuing justice.

A portrait of the different patrons of a Bulgarian Tango club.

A record of atrocities of Syria's Occupation.

The relationship between the director and her mentally disturbed mother.

The quest for independence of a Muslim Lebanese woman.

 

Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases, all the screenings of the Hong Kong International Documentary Festival 2020 will be suspended which will take place between 28th November (Sat) and 9th December.

Refund Arrangement


Screenings at MOViE MOViE Cityplaza、PREMIERE ELEMENTS & MOViE MOViE Pacific Place

 

Tickets:$75 / $55*

*Senior citizens aged 60 or above, and Full-time students and children aged 11 or below

Customers shall present proof of age before purchasing ticket and admission to the house.

Tickets can only be purchased at the box office of the corresponding cinema.


Box Office of MOViE MOViE CityplazaPREMIERE ELEMENTS & MOViE MOViE Pacific Place

Online Booking: www.cinema.com.hk

Ticketing Enquiries: 2388 0002

Handling fee will be charged on each ticket purchased online.

 

Discount Schemes

bc VIP and MOViE MOViE (MM) 20% discount members

 

Special Discount

Fleurs des Lettres subscribers 20% discount*

1. The discount schemes are applicable to regular-priced tickets only.

2. Please provide proof of Fleurs des Lettres subscription upon purchasing ticket.

3. The discount scheme of Fleurs des Lettres subscribers only available for purchase via box office counter.

 


Arrangements under Inclement Weather Conditions

Screenings may be cancelled when tropical cyclone warning signal No. 8 is in force or Black Rainstorm Warning is issued. Please refer to the Hong Kong International Documentary Festival Facebook or website for the latest notice.

 

Details will be announced later.

 

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