Sobbing, singing and standing ovations are not typical responses in a Vancouver cinema, much less for a 152-minute documentary.
But Revolution of Our Times, director Kiwi Chow Kwun-wai’s visceral account of Hong Kong’s 2019 upheaval, is being received like no typical movie in a Canadian city that has served as a proxy arena for conflict between supporters and opponents of the protest movement that encompassed broadly democratic and anti-government goals.
All 3,000 tickets for 14 Vancouver screenings in two cinemas, running from February 11 until March 13, were sold out almost immediately, organisers say.
Attendees said emotional scenes on screen were reflected among audiences; some wept throughout, others chanted the protest slogan “Hong Kong, add oil”, and at the end many stood and sang the unofficial protest anthem Glory to Hong Kong.
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