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‘We Are One?’ Screenings & Conversations

Date & Time:
16/10/2017  7:30 pm Start
17/10/2017  7:30 pm Start
23/10/2017  7:30 pm Start

To accompany Hong Kong’s collateral event at the Venice Biennale 2017, Samson Young: Songs for Disaster Relief, M+ and the Hong Kong Arts Centre are co-presenting a programme of film screenings and conversations on the theme of charity efforts. Through a selection of local and international narrative film, documentary and music video, ‘We Are One?’ explores some of the central issues raised in the exhibition, providing both a wider context for Young’s newly commissioned work for Venice.


Charity Songs That Rocked The World In The 1980s


Band Aid: The Song That Rocked The World (2004)

Date & Time: 16/10/2017 7:30pm
40 mins | English with English subtitles | DCP | UK


This BBC documentary was made in 2004, on the 20th anniversary of the recording of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, a charity single in aid of those affected by the devastating famine in Ethiopia. The event was hosted by Midge Ure, who, along with Bob Geldof, wrote and produced the single that went on to sell almost 12 million copies worldwide and generated millions of dollars. Featuring some of the biggest names in Britpop at the time – Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, George Michael, and Boy George – Band Aid was the first celebrity charity project that sparked legions of imitators. While its success provoked some backlash – accusations of patronising Euro-centrism and self-promotion, and questions about whether such one-off acts of charity did more harm than good – it is hard not to be moved by the enthusiasm and optimism of these artists who believed they could use their platform to change things for the better.


*Post-screening conversation with independent Canto-pop band RubberBand and Wong Chi Chung, Assistant Director, General Education Unit at The University of Hong Kong


About the Speakers


RubberBand is a Canto-pop band formed in 2004 that comprises four members: No. 6 (lead vocal), Clem (guitar), Wai (bass), and Lai Maan (drums). They have released seven albums, and their popular singles such as ‘Simple Love Song’, ‘Easy’ and ‘Eyes Open’ have been the recipients of Four Stations Joint Music Awards. In 2012, their fifth album Easy won the Top Song Award and Top Album Award at the Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation. They have won numerous prizes, including Ultimate Song Chart Awards, Jade Solid Gold Best 10 Awards, and Hit Awards over the years, and have recently become independent in order to establish their own record label, ‘R Flat’.


Wong Chi Chung

Wong is a veteran radio DJ, music critic, and curator. Focusing on international music and local indie music culture, he plays an active role in promoting international and local art and culture through radio and TV programmes, and through curating various cross-cultural projects, including the Mandarin version of David Bowie’s song ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ (1997), ‘Dream Come True 80 Days Around the World’ (2000), ‘PoPo Song’ (2004), the Gen-S Concert for Shanghai Expo (2010), and Hong Kong Week in Taipei (2012). Wong currently hosts the radio show ‘Chi Chung’s Class’ on CR2 FM 90.3.

Charity Initiatives Go East


Tomorrow Will Be Better MV (1985)

11 mins | Mandarin with Chinese subtitles | YouTube | Taiwan


The Banquet (1991)

97 mins | Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Hong Kong


In 1991, when floods devastated large parts of eastern China, several of the biggest stars of the Hong Kong film industry got together to make ‘The Banquet’ in order to raise money for relief aid. Based on a 1959 charity film that raised funds for the South China Film Industry Workers Union, ‘The Banquet’ attempts to extol the virtues of filial love over money, but in the end the lead characters – a materialistic couple played by Eric Tsang and Do Do Cheng – manage to get both. Despite being made in great haste, and with actors working for free, the film holds its own beside Hong Kong commercial comedy films of that era. Also shown in this programme is the MV for ‘Tomorrow Will Be Better’ (1985), a song featuring sixty top singers that was originally written to commemorate the liberation of Taiwan from Japanese rule, but its upbeat tune and hopeful lyrics have made it a staple for numerous charity events.


*Post-screening conversation with independent performing arts critic, and writer Jass Leung Wai Sze and lyricist, screenwriter and filmmaker Poon Yuen Leung


About the Speakers

Jass Leung Wai Sze

Leung has been a performing arts critic, researcher, and writer since 1998. She received a PhD in Chinese Language & Literature from Hong Kong Baptist University with her thesis titled ‘New Novel: Cultural imaginaries of Late Qing’, focusing on the relationship between literature and politics. Leung has produced over 400 works that have been published in newspapers, magazines, journals and conference materials, ranging from theatre criticism to cultural criticism, and concerning Hong Kong theatre productions, visual art exhibitions, and new media projects. In 2015, Leung received Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York-Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Grants and conducted extensive research on alternative performing art spaces in New York. Some of her recent publications include Redness and Drama: A Preliminary Study of the School Festival (co-author, 2011), A Study of Post-1997 Hong Kong Canto-pop Lyrics (co-author, 2011), and Words Field: Post-1997 Hong Kong Popular Music Lyrics Discourse (2016).


Poon Yuen Leung

Leung is a Hong Kong-based lyricist, screenwriter and filmmaker, as well as football commentator. His talents across film, television, radio and publishing have brought him much success, and he is a renowned lyricist in the world of contemporary music. His Canto-pop songs such as ‘Who is the Favourite’, ‘Love Trap’, ‘Vulnerable Lady’, and ‘Seeing Moon’ have been top hits and won numerous awards across Asia. Leung was the screenwriter for Po-Chih Leong’s movies Banana Cop (1984) and Welcome (1985). In 1986, he was invited by D & B Films Co. Ltd to direct his first movie, Kiss Me Goodbye. He has also written playscripts, including for Remains of a Woman (1993), Downtown Torpedoes (1997), and Hot War (1998), establishing his impressive screenwriting style.


The World As One?


We Come As Friends (2014)

110 mins | English with English subtitles | DCP | Austria & France


In 2011, on the eve of South Sudan’s declaration of independence from Sudan, documentary maker Hubert Sauper piloted his own small plane from France to the region to record the people and stories behind the birth of a nation. ‘We Come As Friends’ shows that, despite the aspirations of its people for freedom and autonomy – some 98.8 per cent of the people voted in favour of independence – the country remained, as the director says in his voice-over, ‘enslaved, dispossessed and colonised’. Soon after independence, civil war broke out in South Sudan over oil and land, and continues to this day. Sauper’s film closes with confronting images of a brutal battle juxtaposed with shots of Western tourists lounging at a resort swimming pool.


Post-screening conversation with Keith B. Richburg, Director, Journalism & Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong, and Simon Shen Xu-hui, Director of Global Studies Programme & Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong


About the Speakers

Keith B. Richburg

Keith Richburg is a journalist and former China correspondent who spent more than thirty years overseas for The Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in Paris, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Nairobi, and Manila. He covered the invasion in Iraq, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the US military intervention in Somalia, the genocide in Rwanda, and the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China. After retiring from The Washington Post in 2013, he became a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and a lecturer of international reporting at Princeton University. Richburg has a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA in international relations from the London School of Economics. He has won several awards for his foreign coverage, and was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his reports from Somalia. Richburg is the author of Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa (1997).


Simon Shen Xu-hui

Simon Shen is a scholar of international relations and Lead Writer (Global) at the Hong Kong Economic Journal. He received an MA in Political Science from Yale University and a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Oxford, and has published more than seventy academic articles and publications, including over a dozen articles in social science journals such as China Quarterly, China Review, Journal of Contemporary China, Pacific Affairs, Pacific Review, and Asian Survey, among others. His research interests include Chinese nationalism and Chinese foreign policy, regional security in the Asia-Pacific region, and port diplomacy and the external relations of Hong Kong. In 2010, he was the visiting fellow representing Hong Kong at the leading US think tank, the Brookings Institution. His scholarship on contemporary anti-Western Chinese nationalism and its online format has gained worldwide attention and made him one of the most interviewed Hong Kong scholars by overseas media.


Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema


Free admission ; Online registration  here


Co-presented by Hong Kong Arts Centre and m+, West Kowloon District

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