Lessons in Dissent

Documentary Screening and Q&A with Director
Monday, Feb 23, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Filmed over 18 months, Lessons in Dissent is a kaleidoscopic, visceral experience charting the rise of a new generation of Hong Kong democracy activists. Dedicated to stopping the introduction of National Education, a showdown with the government seems inevitable for 15-year-old schoolboy Joshua Wong. Meanwhile classmate Ma Jai fights political oppression on the streets and in the courts. Catapulting the viewer on to the streets of Hong Kong and into the heart of the action, the viewer is confronted with the oppressive heat, the stifling humidity, and air thick with dissent.

Matthew Torne moved from Beijing to Hong Kong in 2003 amid the chaos of the SARS outbreak and the turmoil of the Article 23 controversy. He immediately fell in love with Hong Kong and has been studying its politics ever since. In 2010 he completed a Masters degree at Oxford University on Hong Kong’s post-1997 democratic development. Before making LESSONS IN DISSENT, Matthew worked as an Associate Producer on ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE, a Sundance film festival winning documentary, about the Khmer Rouge. LESSONS IN DISSENT was three years in the making and premiered at the 2014 Hong Kong International Film Festival.