236%

funded

US$45,476

backed of US$19,200 goal

Funded

on 15 May 2017

Launched: 17 Mar 2017

Funding ends: 15 May 2017

Community Screenings - "Vanished Archives", documentary on 1967 Riots in HK

 

Synopsis:

The 1967 riots are a watershed in Hong Kong history and some would say the starting point for the development of Hong Kong consciousness. Yet the official records on this critical period are today sadly incomplete. What information can be found online is hard to verify and authenticate.

Documentary film director Connie Lo Yan-wai spent four years interviewing participants of the riots, from the children of the leftist leaders of the time, to members of the “bomb squads”, union leaders and patriotic students. Others who share their personal experiences include former police officers, a senior government information director, journalists and a number of witnesses and victims. Lo sifted through piles of old newspapers, government documents and declassified British government records in order to produce the documentary, Vanishing Archives. As a number of those who experienced the events of the time passed away during the four years it took to produce the film, the documentary has become their final record of their recollections of and reflections on those times.

The political entanglements between the Mainland and Hong Kong fifty years ago are a mirror reflecting today’s Hong Kong, traces of the past can be detected in the present. Each Hongkonger should get to know this history and learn from it.

(119 minutes / In Cantonese with Chinese or English subtitles)


Where can I buy tickets?

Vanished Archives maybe a much-discussed documentary, but it seems nobody knows where it is being screened or where to buy tickets.

Vanished Archives is a film that has been turned down by the Hong Kong International Film Festival and cannot get a commercial screening, but for which everyone wants to score a ticket.

Please support us in taking Vanished Archives on the road, to organise community screenings where people can learn about how the events from fifty years ago are still affecting us today.

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Alvin Yeung

Legco Member

“If I had to vote for 10 must-watch movies for understanding Hong Kong, Vanished Archives would be on my list.”

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Shu Kei

Former Dean of the School of Film and Television, HKAPA

“This may be the most important documentary produced in the history of Hong Kong. Its historical value is unquestionable.”

 

Ng Chi-sum

Veteran media worker

“I would recommend this documentary to all Hongkongers, not just journalists. This film did not come about easily. It contains what each Hongkonger needs to know about the events depicted, whether they personally experienced them or not.”

 

Leung Man-tao

Writer

“In the past Hong Kong people had the rough impression that these events were the result of an overreaction on the part of some leftists in Hong Kong, in extending and bringing the Cultural Revolution to Hong Kong, and that the central government didn’t really know what was going on. But after watching the film, you realise it wasn’t like that – in fact the central government knew about it from start to finish, it even participated. This is interesting, it shakes-up some of our previous understandings.

 

Ching Cheong

Commentator

“The director has two guiding thoughts. The first is to avoid spreading hatred, this is correct. The second is to provide an opportunity for the airing of sharply opposing views. I think the treatment is very fair.”

 

Allen Au

Professional Consultant, School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK

The participants from the time met different fates, arrived at different conclusions – it’s like they live in different dimensions. Looking at it now, we realise that is how these people saw it. After 50 years, we’re still unclear about many details. We still don’t have an assessment of the lessons learnt. This is worthy of our remembrance and reflection.”

 

Our goal is to raise $150,000

But $300,000 would allow us to do more

Whether it is because of its sensitive content, or because circumstances have forced some people to exercise self-censorship, or even if as someone have said, Vanished Archives has “zero artistic merit”, the chances of securing commercial screenings are virtually non-existent. In this day and age, we must rely on citizens to show the strength and energy and to solve problems together in order to take the show on the road and into our communities.
 

$150,000

² Would allow us to produce a professional copy for screenings

² Rent community venues to hold screenings and post-screening discussions

² Conduct guided tours of historically relevant sites

² Publicise and promote the documentary so that more people can understand the whys and wherefores of the 1967 riots

$300,000

² Organise the materials and documents gathered about the 1967 riots, the raw footage of the visuals used in the documentary and the unseen stories

² Set up an open online platform for citizens to freely access the materials

² Publish a book from the materials

² Also, we could hold seminars in schools and screen the documentary overseas. All depends on how much we can raise.

Let us safeguard our city’s memories together.


We are

Director and producer: Connie Lo Yan-wai (Studio for Public Humanities Limited)

Promotion and community screenings: Vanished Archives Concern Group

Lo, Yan Wai Connie
Project by
Lo, Yan Wai Connie

HK$250

(approximately US$32*)

  • One ticket of Vanished Archives special thank you screening, post-screening discussions with director and renowned commentators.  Time and Venue to be determined.  Please stay tune with What’s new.

111 Backers

HK$500

(approximately US$64*)

  • Two tickets of Vanished Archives special thank you screening, post-screening discussions with director and renowned commentators.  Time and Venue to be determined.  Please stay tune with What’s new.
     

164 Backers

HK$1,000

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  • Four tickets of Vanished Archives special thank you screening, post-screening discussions with director and renowned commentators.  Time and Venue to be determined.  Please stay tune with What’s new.
     

43 Backers

HK$2,000

(approximately US$256*)

  • Four tickets of Vanished Archives special thank you screening, post-screening discussions with director and renowned commentators. Time and Venue to be determined.  Please stay tune with What’s new.
  • Priority enrollment to the guided tour of 67 riots historical relevant sites. Time and place to be determined. 
  • One copy of the book 67 riots to be published around 2018.

27 Backers

HK$5,000

(approximately US$640*)

  • $5000 can sponsor one community screening, thanks for bringing the movie to the neighbourhood folks.
  • Four tickets of Vanished Archives special thank you screening, post-screening discussions with director and renowned commentators. Time and Venue to be determined.  Please stay tune with What’s new.
  • Priority enrollment to the guided tour of 67 riots historical relevant sites. Time and place to be determined. 
  • One copy of the book 67 riots to be published around 2018.

10 Backers

HK$10,000

(approximately US$1,280*)

  • Thanks for bringing the movie to the neighbourhood folks. You have sponsored two community screenings.
  • Four tickets of Vanished Archives special thank you screening, post-screening discussions with director and renowned commentators. Time and Venue to be determined.  Please stay tune with What’s new.
  • Priority enrollment to the guided tour of 67 riots historical relevant sites. Time and place to be determined. 
  • One copy of the book 67 riots to be published around 2018.

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