HKU student documentary ‘Diversity in Sham Shui Po’ to be screened at UN General Assembly


Video was selected under the MY World 360 initiative which aims to promote the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals

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The mini-film will be screened at the UN.

A 360-degree mini documentary produced by six students from different disciplines at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will be screened during the UN General Assembly at the United Nations from September 24 to 25.

The mini documentary was Hong Kong’s only representative selected to be on the MY World 360º playlist, together with eight other videos and was filmed using 360 cameras, which have a 260-degree field of view.

The video, Diversity in Sham Shui Po, sheds light on the issues of community development and cultural diversity in Sham Shui Po, one of the oldest districts of Hong Kong.

MY World 360° is an initiative under the United Nations SDG Action Campaign which invites young people around the globe to become 360° media creators. It encourages them to share their perspectives on how the Sustainable Development Goals are relevant in their communities, so that everyone will be inspired to take action for the goals.

Diversity in Sham Shui Po is a collaboration between HKU and social enterprise Rinato Eco Floral Shop. It is an account and historical record of the lives of those who reside in Sham Shui Po, and includes interviews with a stall owner affected by the eviction at the Yen Chow Fabric Market and a Pakistani immigrant who overcame language barriers in the community.

“It was a greatly rewarding journey of cross-sector collaboration and knowledge exchange between academia and the wider community,” said team member Gabriel Fung.

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The team was supervised by Dr Nicol Pan from the Common Core office at HKU, and comprised six undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Faculty of Arts, Education, Social Sciences and Science: Tang Wai-yin, Gabriel Fung, Winnie Wei Zheng, Tiffany Tse, Lauren Leran Liu and Guolei Ma.

The team members who learnt how to use the 360º video technology were later recruited by Rinato Eco Floral Shop to teach local secondary school students to make their own 360º videos.