Cockroach
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Cockroach

Fri
23
Fri Apr 23 2:00 PM

CHEC Theatre
Assisted Listening
Wheelchair
100 Percent
Subtitled
General Admission
Unclassified 18+
93 Mins
April
Fri Apr 23

Umbrellas. Gas masks. Riot shields. Crackdown. Ai Weiwei takes viewers to the streets to reveal the most alarming parts of recent Hong Kong political protests.

Protests started in February 2019 when the Hong Kong government proposed a bill for criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China to face trial. Over two million of the island’s seven million citizens poured on to the streets, the largest uprising of its kind it the country’s history. What followed was an intense siege lasting months – and is still unresolved.

Cockroach is the name the riot police coined protesters, as concerns about the vilification and dehumanisation of citizens were backed by reports of widespread police brutality made headlines around the world. From within the tear gas haze, millions of protesters recorded footage – on mobile phones and DSLRs – capturing moment-by-moment as history unfolded.

Ai distils hundreds of hours of intense footage down to produce the message of their protest: “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times”.

Cantonese with English subtitles 
April
Fri Apr 23

CHEC Theatre

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