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Friday, December 03, 2004 

July The Documentary

So I heard, July, a documentary on last year's 0.5 million people demostration in Hong Kong is finally out and available on DVD. Can't wait to watch it. But the title is not available for purchase yet at the documentary's website.

About the documentary. "Hong Kong's massive and unprecedented public protests and demonstrations in early July 2003 are documented in July. The film shows individual and mass reactions to the proposed national security legislation. It preserves the speeches, songs, chants, posters, and banners, as well as the atmosphere, for those who were there, and introduces them to those who were not. As such, July "is a record of events that could not occur anywhere else in China."

About the director: "Born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, Tammy Cheung studied sociology at a local college and cinema at a university in Montreal. In 1999, she produced her first documentary, Invisible Women, a film about the lives of three Indian women in Hong Kong. Her works include: Secondary School (2002), Rice Distribution (2002) and Moving (2003). Rice Distribution won the Gold Award and Grand Award at the 8th Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Competition. Influenced by American filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, considered “the most sophisticated intelligence” in the field of documentaries, Cheung employs an observational, non-intrusive approach characteristic of Wiseman’s Direct Cinema style"

I also want to watch Secondary School, a documentary on high school life in Hong Kong by the same director. Problem is, the documentary's website only accepts cheque or money transfer via bank and not Paypal. This is difficult for someone who is not living in Hong Kong.

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