notes before the revolution

16mm / color & bw / mono / 17:00 / 1998 

notes before the revolution is the first part of a film diary series postcards from Hong Kong.  It documents the passing of the filmmaker’s father and the fateful historical changes of Hong Kong in the turmoil years of 1996-98.  Personal and social events intertwined, destined to become parallel metaphors for each other.  To record the personal is to make a testimony of time and space that is particular, lived as well as historical.  

keywords: experimental cinema, personal documentary, film diary, post-colonial Hong Kong, 1997 handover