The People’s Republic of China (PRC) promised 50 more years of democracy in Hong Kong after the British lease on its “colony” expired. That promise never materialized as the PRC tightened its grip on Hong Kong gradually stripping away any vestiges of democracy. Why would one of the worst greed driven imperialistic dictatorships afford its new colony any more than it gave its own citizens!
So some baby faced students started protest campaigns in 2014 looking for the PRC to deliver on its promise. These baby-faced kids turned out to be savvy and politically adept beyond their years. The three key student leaders were Nathan Law, Agnes Chow and Joshua Long. Like Clark Kent they were mild mannered and apparently inoffensive but they terrified the PRC so watch the documentary and see why and how!
Despite police brutality and political heavy handedness of Big Brother Lex Luthor in Beijing these students caused the PRC to show its true and ugly face of desperate repression including arresting and removing pro-democracy leaders from Hong Kong’s legislature and in the end imposing martial law where Nathan Law escaped to Great Britain fearing for his life of course perhaps rightfully considering the PRC directed massacre in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
Law graduated from Yale with a master’s degree and continues to advocate for democracy in Hong Kong. Wong was nominated for a Nobel Prize in 2013.
PRC kryptonite may have chased Nathan Law from Hong Kong but this superman powers on.
Next on the imperialistic PRC menu will be Taiwan. The PRC will be afraid yet again! They might even be terrorized!
The film screened at the recent Toronto Hot Docs Festival and will no doubt be making the rounds on the documentary film circuit. Nice progression from the “Faceless” documentary from 2021 Toronto Hot Docs.
The director was Joe Piscatella.
RKS 2023 Film Rating 92/100.