Screening & Discussion – exodus of nowhere, episode one: the water is wide
Co-created by Lee Wai Yi, Enoch Ng, and Kelvin Wu, 2002-2013. A v-artivist film.
Date: 6th November 2017 (Mon)
Time: 18:30 – 21:30
Language: (Screening) Chinese and English, with Chinese and English subtitles; (Discussion) Cantonese, supplemented with English
exodus of nowhere is a film series about the relationships between the grassroots and the borders in Hong Kong. The three filmmakers look into individual family histories as well as the grand narratives of human migration in their attempt to understand the ways in which the narrative network constituted by migration, border-crossing, wealth disparity, colonization, gender politics, capitalistic globalization and ethnic politics, creates countless tragedies of the grassroots.
the water is wide: Currently, questions of “migration” and “locality” are hotly debated in Hong Kong and often viewed as oppositional and irreconcilable. the water is wide tells the story of the very first of these serious conflicts, the right of abode issue of children of Hong Kong citizens who were born in Mainland China before the 1997 handover.
v-artivist, a Hong Kong community-based art group, believes that ‘art is the creative expression of the relationship between individual and collective,’ and is thus devoted to “giving art back to the people and letting people return to art.” Most of v-artivist’s film-length “productions,” are continuous participatory documentaries that involve co-creation with people who are “being filmed,” including people in deep distress (2013), raging land film series (2010-), walk on! shung ning road (2011), and home where the yellow banners fly (2006). The essay-film trilogy exodus of nowhere is their response to the growing ethnic tension in contemporary Hong Kong. Other than filmmaking, v-artivist is also actively engaged in the media literacy movement to empower the grassroots’ continuous and autonomous engagement with art.
co-created: enoch ng、kelvin wu、lee waiyi ｜produced: v-artivist｜language: cantonese／fujian dialect／hainan dialect／chaozhou dialect／mandarin／spanish／persian／english／chinese and english subtitles｜2002﹣2013／hong kong ／75 min／colors／dv