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Wednesday, Jul 28, 2021

Hong Kong protest film "Do Not Split” nominated for an Oscar

A film about the Hong Kong protests - “Do Not Split,” has been nominated for an Oscar for the best short documentary.
The 35-minute feature, directed by Norwegian documentarian Anders Hammer, captures the mass marches against the extradition law, the movement’s gradual descent into violence, and the protesters’ increasing desperation in the lead up to Beijing’s passing of the national security law.

The documentary is one of five short documentaries nominated for an Oscar.

The film draws attention to, among other things, how freedom of expression and freedom of the press are threatened in Hong Kong.

The short documentary will compete against the documentaries “Collette,” “A Concerto Is A Conversation,” “Hunger Ward,” and “A Love Song For Latasha.”

Separately, a movie directed by a Hong Kong filmmaker, “Better Days,” has also been nominated for the award’s International Feature Film category.

Hong Kong has only ever had two films nominated for the Oscars, "Raise the Red Lantern" and "Farewell My Concubine" starring Leslie Cheung, in 1992 and 1993. It has never won the award.

“Better Days”, directed by Derek Tsang Kwok-cheung, is a mainland-set drama about teenage bullying. The film will compete with other four international feature films including “Another Round,” “Collective,” “The Man Who Sold His Skin,” and “Quo Vadis, Aida?”

The awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on April 25, after being pushed back from its original February 28 date.

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