“THE HEART ATTACK OF HONG KONG”
A timely Hong Kong special programme focusing on art activism, social movement and community art, “The Heart Attack of Hong Kong” programme is co-organized and sponsored by the Petaling Street Art House (PSAH), and facilitated by CHONG Keat Aun. This programme includes an artist’s workshop, a talk and two film screenings with Augustine MOK Chiu-Yu and Banky YEUNG Ping-Kei from Hong Kong in person.
Short Film Screening: Stanley Ng
Fading Flame – The Disappearance of Funeral Industry in Wanchai (2010/2012)
This film is talking about a district Wanchai in Hong Kong where once was a place famous with funeral industry many years ago but the district forced to be changed due to urban development throughout some years. It’s now no longer having any hints found from the district about this pass history. The film is trying to discover this hidden history and found out the dilemma of choices in community between traditional Chinese taboo and urban development. Showing how social value influence over a community in urban development.
City of Stories – Sai Ying Pun Community Interview (2013)
City of Stories is an community art project organized by Fotologue Culture. This video is a group of students’ work in interviewing four old neighborhood shops about the new Metro Line development in this historic district Sai Ying Pun in Hong Kong after a video documentary workshop. Four neighbors facing the same changes with four different feelings and fate.
Sham Tseng is one of the famous location in Hong Kong because of the food of roast goose, but not many people knows about it’s history of Chiu Chau and Hakka village from the past till now. There are a big group of Chiu Chau people living there for a long time. Yu Lan Festival (also know as Ghost Festival) once was a big festival in Chiu Chau and Hong Kong Chinese. As economic and urban development takes place, this tradition is fading out. This documentary is about how how the community Sham Tseng revive the Yu Lan Festival that once was very important to them but diminished in last decades. This is about how city development affect a community and their value in keeping tradition and how important in neighborhood’s bonding can revive a community back to life.
In every year, Hong Kong people and foreign tourists like to visit a small island Cheung Chau in Hong Kong for Bun Festival in May. Most of them only focus on the parade shows and celebrations of the Bun Festival at Cheung Chau Visitors are amazed with one of the most outstanding feature of this Festival, the Bun Mountain. This is a mountain made by buns for worship gods and it is one of the most important ritual of this Festival. People focus on all features that attracting tourists, but nobody know the story behind one of the most how a bun mountain really made. It is in fact a family ritual passed generation by generation of a family. Through documenting the process of making a bun mountain for the festival, this film also finding out the love and relations between family, people and community. Showing how a festival and traditional value’s insist and respect have their impact of a small island community Cheung Chau.
Stanley Ng Wai-cheong is a photographer and independent documentary director from Hong Kong. His photo and video works can be seen in different publications and media. He has participated some exhibitions and some works are collected by local galleries. His documentary photo and video works concern about community, current and social issues in documentaries. In addition, he takes part in some social, cultural and community activities and writing articles about art as well.
Feature film screening:
N + N (2012)
Director: Mo LAI Yan-chi
Screenwriter/Producer: Banky YEUNG Ping-kei
With Banky YEUNG Ping-kei and Augustine MOK Chiu-yu In Person
“N+N” is the first fictional film from Mo Lai Yan Chi (Young Artist Award (film) 2011 winner). A multi-layered story told spontaneously in a natural and simple manner. Grandpa and granddaughter whose home was demolished by the government for the sake of constructing a High-speed Railway route right through their village, though frustrating, they lay “Precious Bamboos” at places about to be disappeared, sending their care and blessing to the city. During their journey, they encountered an old artist jeopardized by the revitalization of factories. They met people like the rootless post-90s and the post-70s bourgeoisie. These people try to live and survive in society by their own means. As long as the last breath is still being held, one will spare no efforts to preserve the swiftly elapsing collective memory, and every tree of living.
Augustine Mok Chiu-yu is best known as a veteran social activist and co-founder of 70s Biweekly magazine, an influential anti-establishment publication. Mok graduated from the University of Adelaide with a degree in Economics and while in Australia was active in various political causes, including aboriginal rights and opposition to the Vietnam War. Returning to Hong Kong in the ’70s, he co-founded “70s Biweekly,” an anti-establishment publication, with Wu Zhong Xian, a friend that he commemorates in the play on which this DV film is based. Mok has since been a social activist and supporter of the democracy movements in China. He is a founding member of the People’s Theatre and the Asian People’s Theatre Festival Society, two Hong Kong groups with which he performed and co-produced many plays, including “The Big Wind”, “Yours Most Obediently” and “Macau Um Dois Tres”. Mok’s projects have toured South & South East Asia, Kenya, Portugal, England, and Taiwan. In 1989/1990, he visited the US as a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council. He was the dramaturg for the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Offshore” in 1993 and a puppeteer for the Bread & Puppet Theatre in Vermont and the Los Angeles Arts Festival in 1990. Mok has produced many plays involving artists with disabilities and is currently Executive Secretary of Hong Kong’s Arts with the Disabled Association. He is also editor of “The Revolution is Dead; Long Live the Revolution” and “Voices From Tiananmen Square,” published by Montreal’s Black Rose Books. As a film producer, Mok produced a documentary, “Black Bird, A Living Song” (1987) and a docudrama “Cheers” (1999). Mok was presented with the Achievement Award for Drama by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 1999.
Banky Yeung Ping-kei is the artistic director of “FM Theatre Power” (FMTP), a local independent theatre group. He graduated in the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. He is the playwright and director of 100 local theatre performances. He also participate in community theatre, and he is the founder of Playforward Theatre which is a powerful interactive theatre which Banky started to work with his theatre members for more than 10 years.
Mo LAI Yan-chi is a director, actress, theatre instructor, stage manager and arts administrator. Lai is currently the president of “FM Theatre Power” (FMTP) and artistic director of “Mo Production Company Limited”. She is the recipient of 2013 Hong Kong Spirit Ambassador, 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award, 09/10 Hong Kong Arts Development Award Young Artists Award (Film) and 10/11 The Chang Kuo-sin Award for Aspiring Young Communicators.