Upcoming Activities

Screening + Q&A

HAVANNA, MI AMOR

Date: 25 Oct 2018 (Thu)
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: CPD-LG.18, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, LG/F Centennial Campus, HKU (Near Exit C1 of HKU Station)
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Uli Gaulke | Germany | 2000 | 82mins
Every evening the inhabitants of Havana gather in front of their TV’s to submerge themselves in the world of Televisions. These days it seems as though the ancient Soviet television sets can no longer fulfil their wish to escape reality. HAVANA, MI AMOR tells of their struggle in those images, and the relationship between their everyday lives and the endless soap opera episodes. An homage to love, old television sets, and to one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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Screening + Q&A

PENÍNSULA MITRE, A FORGOTTEN LAND

Date: 1 Nov 2018 (Thu)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: CPD-LG.34, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, LG/F Centennial Campus, HKU (Exit C1 of HKU Station)
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

The Gauchos del Mar brothers – two Argentinean brothers who were born in a family with tradition and passion for surfing, perform an unprecedented 400 KM expedition by foot with 35kgs+ on their backs during 53 days on the easternmost tip of Tierra del Fuego Province, a pristine area where no one lives. The brothers have the goal of surfing a world-class wave never ridden before at the Cape San Diego Lighthouse, the most easterly point. To get there they overcome heavy terrains, scarcity of food and harsh climate. With no communication whatsoever they document the region and decide to share their message of environmentalism, avoiding consumerism and living simply in order to protect Península Mitre forever.

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Screening + Q&A

COMRADES IN DREAMS

Date: 2 Nov 2018 (Fri)
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Studio Room 303, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU (Near Exit A2 of HKU Station)
Language: Maharati, French, English, Korean with English subtitles

Uli Gaulke | Germany | 2007 | 100mins
Four lives that could not be more different and a single passion that unities them: the unconditional love for their cinemas, somewhere at the end of the world. COMRADES IN DREAMS brings together six cinema makers from North Korea, America, India and Africa and follows their efforts to make their audiences dream every night. In doing so, the film dives into a set of fascinating lives where stories from the everyday and from the silver screen frequently merge into something magical.

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Screening + Q&A

SED, INVASIÓN GOTA A GOTA

Date: 7 Nov 2018 (Wed)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: CPD-LG.18, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, LG/F Centennial Campus, HKU (Exit C1 of HKU Station)
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

One in five of the inhabitants of our planet have no drinking water. 97.5% of the available water is salty. 2.5 % is constituted by fresh water, and it is on the way to running out. But in South America, there lies the silent Guarani Aquifer (El Acuífero Guaraní), an underground freshwater reserve that covers Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, which is able to supply drinking water for the whole planet for the next 200 years. The intervention of supranational organisations such as the World Bank and multinational corporations that commercialise water in the design of future national strategies to preserve and use these natural resources has caused much controversy and aroused suspicion in the nations involved.

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Screening + Q&A

JANE

Date: 11 Nov 2018 (Sun)
Time: 5:30 – 8:00pm
Venue: Yuet Ming Auditorium, Chong Yuet Ming Cultural Centre, HKU
Language: English

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.

Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

Dr. Jane Goodall will visit Hong Kong and join the post-screening dialogue at HKU.

☞ Free Admission

Past Events

Throughout the year, Hong Kong Documentary Initiative organises a variety of documentary screenings, discussions and critiques to promote visual literacy and foster the creation of a community of documentary lovers. The events target film enthusiasts, filmmakers, cultural critics, students and the mass media in Hong Kong and beyond.

Lecture

Dialogue with Werner Herzog

Film Auteur and shoe-eating genius Werner Herzog is in Hong Kong. Livestream Recap of Werner Herzog: Up Close and Personal, as he speaks at The University of Hong Kong.
Lecture

Master Classes Oscar Documentarians 2018

Instructed by renowned cinematographer Kirsten Johnson and renowned editor Mary Stephen, master classes in documentary cinematography and editing will be held on 3 and 4 February; and 7 to 11 February. We will also featuring a series of public events on February 2, 6, 7 and 8, detail click here.
Lecture

My Film Journey – A dialogue with Shuibo Wang

Shuibo Wang was nominated for an Oscar with his debut film “SUNRISE OVER TIANANMEN SQUARE” and also directed the acclaimed film “THEY CHOSE CHINA”. In a seminar at The University of Hong Kong, Shuibo shared the creative process of his colourful film projects. Check out this feature article: A film journey between the East and West (Chinese only).
Screening

Screening of Still Tomorrow and Q&A

Thank you for your support for the screening of Still Tomorrow with a A FULL HOUSE. The full version video of the Q&A with director Fan Jian, poet Yu Xiuhua and moderator Yang Jinlin is available here (Chinese only).

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Events

HK20+1 – Screening and Mentorship Programme

Collaborated with HKU General Education Unit, the series presents six documentaries showing stories of Hong Kong in the past 20 years: King of Kowloon (1998), Citizen Hong Kong (1999), Rice Distribution (2003), Out of Tune (2016), Yau King (2017) and Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower (2017). It also includes a mentorship programme to encourage students to document current Hong Kong with guidance from profession filmmakers.

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Lecture

Dialogue with Filmmakers 2017

Dialogue with Filmmakers brings world-renowned documentary filmmakers from this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) to The University of Hong Kong for a series of in-depth dialogues and special screenings. Events are free and open to all.

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Screening

Screening of “The Blood of Yingzhou District”and “In Search of Perfect Consonance”

Part of HKU’s General Education Programmes (Second Semester, 2016-17), two free screenings of Director Ruby Yang’s The Blood of Yingzhou District(2006) and In Search of Perfect Consonance (2016) are hosted on 14 February and 21 February respectively. Post-screening discussion with the director will follow both screenings.
Screening

“Tongzhi in Love” Screening x LGBT Walking Tour

A unique collaboration with CNEX and Walk in Hong Kong, featuring the screening of Oscar winning director Ruby Yang’s Tongzhi in Love — a rare glimpse into how gay men in China negotiate their identities under the pressure of conflicting traditional values, preceded by a LGBT walking tour in Central. Post-screening discussion with the director and walking tour guide Benita Chick, hosted by Dr. Jason Ho.

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Lecture

Dialogue with Filmmakers 2016

In association with Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), world-renowned documentary filmmakers were invited for a series of in-depth public lectures at HKU in March and April of 2016.

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Screening

Screening Tour

We organised six public screenings in collaboration with CNEX Hong Kong during 20-28 April, 2016. The events were part of the 40 themeatic screenings organised by CNEX.

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