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Hong Kong protests documentary cut over national anthem law fears


The new national anthem protection law, passed by the Legislative Council this month, has already cast a chilling shadow over creative activity in Hong Kong. A documentary on the Hong Kong protests has become the first casualty.

A political art segment in Evans Chan’s We Have Boots (2020) will be cut from the expanded two-hour new edition of the documentary, the director told HKFP in a telephone interview. The uncut film had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands earlier this year.

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Evans Chan. Photo: Cloud.

The scene involves local performance artist Kacey Wong playing music from March of the Volunteers on the accordion during a protest march in 2018. Wong’s performance of The Patriot juxtaposes a portable jail cell on wheels with music from the Chinese and UK national anthems, as well as “Do you hear the people sing?” from the musical Les Misérables.

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