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Ten Years film award 0 4 April 2016

Controversial Film Wins Top Award – China Unimpressed

An independent controversial film, portraying a grim future for Hong Kong, has won Best Picture at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards, having been voted for by industry professionals. The awards are the city’s Oscars equivalent but the surprise win has been hidden by censors in mainland China. The are usually broadcast on mainland TV but this year they were not – with the film’s nomination believed by many to be the reason why acheter du viagra en belgique. The story was also blacked out by mainland censors when it appeared on BBC World News.

‘Ten Years’, set in 2025, depicts a Hong Kong where human rights have diminished at the hands of the Mainland Chinese government and local people are persecuted for speaking Cantonese instead of Mandarin. It also includes scenes of self-immolation and where children are shown in uniforms policing adults (reminiscent of China’s 1966-67 Red Guards). The five-part film was conceived by Hong Kong Polytechnic University graduate Ng Ka-leung and co-produced by he and Andrew Choi on a shoestring budget.

Ng said, “I had the idea for Ten Years early last year. I had been feeling dejected for years about the lack of future for Hong Kong. The national education controversy showed that the next generation are at risk of ideological indoctrination. Political, education and housing problems have festered for years and all protest movements have turned out to be futile in the end. I wanted to make a film to flesh out possible future scenarios so people might be goaded into thinking more about the future path Hong Kong should take.”

He seemed unconcerned by the opinion of Beijing, stating, “If you ask me what Beijing might feel towards us, I would say it doesn’t really matter. The movie was made for Hong Kong people. We are open-minded to anyone who likes it or not. We just hope that Hong Kong people can share our feelings. We would like people to think about the future of Hong Kong,” he said.

Others acknowledged but did not shy away from controversy surrounding the nomination. Chairman of the awards Derek Yee said before announcing the win “President Roosevelt said one thing: ‘the only thing we have to fear is fear itself’.”

Andrew Choi commented after the awards ceremony: “The meaning of this prize is that it shows Hong Kong still has hope. It reminds us that we could have courage to be creative. Thank you for having the guts to give this award to us.”

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