#HotDocs23 @hotdocs: Who’s afraid of Nathan Law? – Hands down, one of the best of the festival!

A brief synopsis,

                As a college freshman, shy Nathan Law finds an identity in activism. He helps launch the Umbrella Revolution, a student-led occupation of Hong Kong demanding the government allow citizens to elect their own leader. This awakens an entire generation of young people, and when Law becomes the youngest elected official in Hong Kong history—only to be ousted from the role in a hurry—he helps launch a new movement, further galvanizing the youth of Hong Kong.”

Review: Quoting Ghandi, Nathan Law states in Legislature “….you can destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.” The audience bears witness to the activism of Nathan Law and his colleagues as they fight for democracy, alongside voices that are often erased. The government in turn tries to silence and demobilize their activism only further strengthening Law and his colleague’s social justice vision. Fantastic footage of the student led occupation, Legislature siege, and watershed moments aimed at disrupting messaging from President Xi. Freedom and human rights narratives are explored. Hands down, one of the best of the festival!

Thirty Four Flavours Rating: 5/5


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