Welcome to Filmfest DC at Home

While we have postponed this spring's Filmfest DC, the Washington, DC International Film Festival is pleased to present a virtual series of films, Filmfest DC at Home, to our many patrons and friends. Here's an opportunity to see films you may have missed in previous Filmfest DC programs.

Viewing is free-of-charge and films include recent audience favorites as well as some surprises. Filmfest DC at Home offers the quality of innovative and entertaining films you have come to appreciate during our annual festivals.

Each film will be available for one week, starting and ending on the dates listed below.

Our first virtual program was so popular that we are continuing Filmfest DC at Home through July 6th to show our appreciation of our supportive audience as we shelter at home.

Since this spring's festival was postponed due to Covid-19, we are now immersing ourselves in planning for Filmfest DC 2020 to take place this fall. Check back soon for more details.

US Premiere

photo by PH Yang

photo by PH Yang

We Have Boots
Evans Chan - USA, Hong Kong (2020) - 125 mins

Hong Kong is in the position of being both post-colonial and colonized, but the tenacious democratic aspirations of this semi-autonomous Chinese city astonished the world in the campaign for universal suffrage and human rights known as the Umbrella Movement of 2014, and again in the recent conflicts that drew two million people into the streets in 2019. Then the world moved on. In this essential film, veteran director Evans Chan puts us back in the center of the action in harrowing street footage and in affecting portraits, in their own words, of the movements' intellectual leaders and street combatants: determined, articulate, funny, less vulnerable than their masked or fresh faces would imply. They face imprisonment, exile, loss of positions, political disqualifications and police repression for their beliefs. But the future is theirs: the democracy movement may morph, but it won’t die. In the words of one movement founder, "Don't think because you imprison all the roosters the sun won't rise."—Judy Bloch

This is a special on-line US Premiere available for viewing only in the United States. We Have Boots is a selection for the Justice Matters section of Filmfest DC 2020.

View trailer        In Cantonese and English with English subtitles       

Hong Kong On The Edge panels are co-presented with The Center for Globalization and Cultures of Hong Kong University

Hong Kong On The Edge: Actors and Observers Part 1

(40:37 min) Recorded June 16, 2020

  • Professor Ho-Fung Hung (Co-moderator) An expert on Hong Kong, China, and Sino-American relationships, and chair of the Sociology Department at Johns Hopkins University. His latest book is The China Boom: Why China Will Not Rule the World.
  • Benny Tai is an associate professor of Law at Hong Kong University, and an initiator of "Occupy Central with Peace and Love" which evolved into the Umbrella Movement of 2014. Also a prolific author, Professor Tai's research areas include rule of law and legal culture,political legitimacy and constitutional development.
  • Alex Chow, a former Hong Kong student leader during the Umbrella Movement, and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee is now a PhD student at UC Berkeley.
  • Evans Chan, director of We Have Boots, is a New York and Hong Kong based critic, librettist and an acclaimed independent filmmaker of more than a dozen fiction and documentary films.
  • Tom Vick (Co-moderator) is the curator of film at the Freer & Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Asian Art. He is the author of several books on Asian cinema

Hong Kong On The Edge: Actors and Observers Part 2

(1:07 min) Recorded June 20, 2020

  • Emily Lau was the first woman elected to the Hong Kong Legislative Council in direct elections. A popular politician, she promoted democratic human rights and equal opportunities in Hong Kong and in 2012 became the chairperson of the Democratic Party. She left her party positions in 2017 and returned to working as a television journalist.
  • Michael C. Davis is a former Hong Kong University law professor who recently led the 2020 report The Promise of Democratization in Hong Kong: Discontent and Rule of Law Challenges for the National Democratic Institute. Among his many affiliations, Mr. Davis is also a senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asia Institute at Columbia University, and a Professor of Law and International Affairs at India's O.P. Jindal Global University.
  • Lawyer Antony Dapiran is a long term resident, and expert observer of dissent in Hong Kong. His writings have appeared in The Atlantic, New Statesman, Foreign Policy, and The Guardian, among many others. His most recent book is the highly regarded City on Fire: the Fight for Hong Kong which is considered an essential "guide to fight for the very soul of the city."
  • Gina Marchetti (Moderator) is a Professor at Hong Kong University's Comparative Literature Department and Director of the Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures. Her books include From Tian'anmen to Times Square: Transnational China and the Chinese Diaspora on Global Screens; Citing China: Politics, Postmodernism, and World Cinema' and Yellow Peril: Race, Sex and Discursive Strategies in Hollywood Fiction.
  • Evans Chan, director of We Have Boots, is a New York and Hong Kong based critic, librettist and an acclaimed independent filmmaker of more than a dozen fiction and documentary films.

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