A still from Cockroach, Ai Weiwei’s documentary on the Hong Kong protests. It is one of several films produced about the street demonstrations and clashes that occurred in 2019. Photo: Ai Weiwei Studio A still from Cockroach, Ai Weiwei’s documentary on the Hong Kong protests. It is one of several films produced about the street demonstrations and clashes that occurred in 2019. Photo: Ai Weiwei Studio
A still from Cockroach, Ai Weiwei’s documentary on the Hong Kong protests. It is one of several films produced about the street demonstrations and clashes that occurred in 2019. Photo: Ai Weiwei Studio

How documentaries portray the 2019 Hong Kong protests, with echoes of The Hunger Games and V for Vendetta

  • The anti-government protests had a cinematic quality that drew a variety of filmmakers to Hong Kong’s streets, from artist Ai Weiwei’s team to a war journalist
  • Documentaries by a local pair, the journalist – Oscar-nominated Anders Hammer – a former railway worker, Ai and the Post offer distinct perspectives on events

Topic |   Hong Kong protests
A still from Cockroach, Ai Weiwei’s documentary on the Hong Kong protests. It is one of several films produced about the street demonstrations and clashes that occurred in 2019. Photo: Ai Weiwei Studio A still from Cockroach, Ai Weiwei’s documentary on the Hong Kong protests. It is one of several films produced about the street demonstrations and clashes that occurred in 2019. Photo: Ai Weiwei Studio
A still from Cockroach, Ai Weiwei’s documentary on the Hong Kong protests. It is one of several films produced about the street demonstrations and clashes that occurred in 2019. Photo: Ai Weiwei Studio
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