Cinema
 
Montage of change
Documentaries in CHANGE mode — on the impact of globalisation, everyday choices and the future of culture

Programme Partner: CNEX Foundation
Plastic China
2016|82 mins|In Putonghua with Chinese and English Subtitles | Director: WANG Jiuliang
Screening Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Mainland China, once the largest importing country of plastic waste, has now closed its door to overseas garbage — because of a documentary. Through the story of YiJie, a 11-year-old girl who grows up in refuse from around the world, Plastic China confronts global consumption and waste export with the most critical environment and social questions.
Hanzi
2017|55 mins|In Putonghua, English and Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles | Director: TSAI Muming
Screening Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Compared to designing fonts for 26 alphabets, Chinese typography, with the language’s extensive characters, is a challenge beyond imagination. Hanzi explores culture and identity through lettering, language use, and handwritten scripts in the digital age—in the words of Akira KOBAYASHI, renowned Japanese font designer, Sammy OR, veteran Chinese font designer, ShaoLan, founder of Chineasy, and Rixing Type Foundry, the world’s last foundry crafting traditional Chinese letterpress.
Beautiful Things*
2017 / 97 min / In Filipino, English, Italian & German with Chinese and English subtitles | Directors: Giorgio FERRERO & Federico BIASIN
Screening Time: 3:00 PM – 4:40 PM
*HK Premiere

When millions of alluring commodities await shoppers in malls everywhere, shopping seems a natural hobby for urbanites. The cycle of "I want it, I buy it, I throw it away" is symptomatic of consumption bulimia, whose victims cannot differentiate need from desire. Driving this global culture of excess, isolated workers labour in remote industrial sites. Their ascetic-like existence is captured aesthetically in Beautiful Things, which compels the audience to reflect on the world's material obsession. Can we take a break from materialism and reclaim the space of silence?
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