1-minute News | Hong Kong Returns: Oscar-winning director reveals details about 2019 turmoil
In June 2019, two-time Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature winner Malcolm Clarke was in Hong Kong. He led a filming crew through the streets and eventually compiled what he witnessed into a ten-part documentary, Hong Kong Returns.
Malcolm Clarke expressed his personal views on the unrest in Hong Kong. He said, "what I saw and photographed on the streets was quite different from what I had read and watched in the Western media." "The Western media have simplified this conflict. I am outraged by these reports because they are untruthful and inaccurate. It's more complicated than what they portray in their reports." Through this documentary, he aims to add a dimension that the mainstream Western media have not covered and to give the audience more perspectives than just one side's opinion.
To avoid generalizations, Malcolm Clarke interviewed a wide range of Hong Kong personalities and media people, including LegCo members, former AFP editor-in-chief, and South China Morning Post chief news editor, etc. He hopes to understand the causes of the turmoil from different parties' perspectives.
Malcolm Clarke shares his view at the film's end:" when I first came to China in the 1980s, I saw poverty pretty much everywhere I went. And today, when I travel, I see extraordinary transformations across the country. China has achieved historical progress in the quality of people's lives with advances in nutrition, education, health care, and science. Hong Kong people can think more about all the possibilities that China affords and persuade themselves to see “one country” as less than a threat and more than an opportunity to explore because opportunity is everything.