An on-the-street portrait of the 1st of July protest rally in Hong Kong. The date marks the anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China (Hong Kong was previously a British colony). Estimated turnout this year was as much as 430,000 people. The primary theme of the protest concerns democracy, universal suffrage, and freedom of speech, particularly in the context of mainland China: Hong Kong is currently the only place in China where such a protest rally could occur.

This film is edited entirely from live footage from the 2013 protest, from the setting up and the rain-swept start of the rally, through to its finish late at night. It's the 16th anniversary of the handover (and the protest rally).

The end sequence is composed of black & photographs (and singing) of the late night finale to the rally.

"What is the meaning of all this?"

4 min 40 sec (colour and black & white)

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