Hong Kong film directors speak out as mainland-style censorship strikes
22 September 2021 | 8:48 am
Once renowned for world-class cinema, Hong Kong's film industry was already struggling before the latest hurdle -- Chinese mainland-style censorship as authorities take their purge of dissent into the cultural sphere.
The movie measures of men spotlights the first genocide of the 20th century in which tens of thousands of indigenous Nama and Herero were slaughtered by german soldiers. The film bids to confront viewers with the harsh realities of colonial violence.
June 4 marks the 34th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in China. Usually, Hong Kongers take the lead in commemorating this event with massive candle light vigils. But, since China imposed its national security law in 2020, public criticism of the regime in Beijing has become dangerous.
Choy had been accused of making false statements to access vehicle registration records for a documentary. The film covered the 2019 attack on pro-democracy protesters.
More than 40 years after "Raiders of the Lost Ark" introduced the world to adventure-seeking archaeologist Indiana Jones, an 80-year-old Harrison Ford returns to the iconic role for a fifth and final instalment. For FRANCE 24 film critic Lisa Nesselson, it's an "exemplary popcorn flick", complete with action, suspense, exotic locations and one of the most recognisable music scores around.
Three years ago, Beijing imposed a set of new laws on Hong Kong that dissolved many civil liberties. "We've lost our freedom and all forms of protests are now criminalized," a former Hong Kong legislator told DW.
The upcoming "Barbie" movie will not appear in Vietnamese cinemas because it depicts a map showing China's claims to the South China Sea, state media reported. It had been scheduled for release later this month.
Coco Lee, who was the first Chinese-descent singer to grace the Oscar stage in 2001, had been suffering from depression for a few years. She had fans around the world.
Kevin Aubert founded Senegal's last photo studio of its kind two years ago. In its darkrooms he hopes to rekindle his country's love for film photography and the analog process.
With advancements in technology and the rise of digital platforms, filmmakers around the world are embracing digital tools and techniques to enhance production, distribution, and consumption of films. Ghana’s film industry has been struggling to keep up with digitalization, although it remains the second-largest producer of films in Africa per year.
Cheng Wing-chun is accused of replacing China's national anthem with a popular Hong Kong protest song in a YouTube video. A 2020 law in Hong Kong makes insulting the Chinese national anthem illegal.
A top court in the semi-autonomous territory has turned down an effort to ban the protest song "Glory to Hong Kong." The anthem emerged from the city's widespread pro-democracy protests in 2019.
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