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Screening: Vanished Archives

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a screening of Vanished Archives 消失的檔案, a documentary film about the 1967 riots in Hong Kong that some say is the starting point for the development of Hong Kong consciousness. Discussion with the director follows the screening.

November 3, 2017 4:00pm to 6:45pm
About the Film 
The 1967 riots are a watershed in Hong Kong history and some would say the starting point for the development of Hong Kong consciousness. Yet the official records of this critical period today are sadly incomplete. What information can be found online is hard to verify and authenticate. Documentary film director Connie Lo Yan-wai spent four years interviewing participants of the riots, from the children of the leftist leaders of the time, to members of the “bomb squads”, union leaders and patriotic students. Others who share their personal experiences include former police officers, a senior government information director, journalists and a number of witnesses and victims. Lo sifted through piles of old newspapers, government documents and declassified British government records in order to produce the documentary, Vanished Archives. As a number of those who experienced the events of the time passed away during the four years it took to produce the film, the documentary has become their final record of their recollections of and reflections on those times. Are the political entanglements between the Mainland and Hong Kong fifty years ago a mirror reflecting today’s Hong Kong?  Some maintain traces of the past can be detected in the present.
Ching Cheong, a veteran journalist based in Hong Kong, will provide prescreening comments.
The film (click here to watch the trailer) is 119 minutes long and will be screened in Cantonese with English subtitles.  Discussion with the director follows the screening. 
About the Director 
Over the past two decades, Connie Yan-wai Lo worked in different media groups including the TV Division of Radio Television Hong Kong, the News and Public Affairs Department of Asia Television Limited, Fairchild TV in Canada and the News and Public Affairs Department of Television Broadcasts Limited. She has founded Studio for Public Humanities Limited in 2012 with a focus in history documentation.

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