HONG KONG, 15 December 2014 – To spread the voice of local children, Adam Wong, director of The Way We Dance, Heiward Mak, who got the Best Screenplay award in Hong Kong Film Awards with Love In A Puff and Vincci Cheuk, a cross-media artist and director, attended UNICEF HK Believe In Zero, Make A Video (MAV) – A Minute In The Telling, Worth A Quarter For Listening Gala Premiere. Mr Ray Lui and his wife showed up at the event together to support local children to voice out.
Event Supporter Heiward Mak x PlayTime and renowned directors jointly present the movie
|This year marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ([email protected]) and the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s ratification of the convention. To celebrate this and speak up for children, UNICEF HK uses MAV to reach out to 92 local teenagers aged 12 to 18, especially those who are deprived and marginalized. With trainers’ support, teenagers reveal their dreams and anxieties by producing one minute videos on the theme ‘My Story, My Rights’ in MAV day camps. Renowned directors, Christopher Doyle, Adam Wong, Heiward Mak, Vincci Cheuk and professional trainers then made use of these 92 video stories to present the one-hour MAV movie – A Minute In The Telling, Worth A Quarter For Listening. The Charity Gala Premiere of the movie is held today at Cine Moko, Mong Kok.|
The three main parts of the movie are directed by Heiward Mak, Vincci Cheuk and local professional trainers. Among the supporting filmmakers, MAV event supporter Heiward Mak x PlayTime has supported MAV since 2012. This year, PlayTime reveals problems facing children, such as heavy study pressure, lack of time of free play through their talent sports and music performances. Director Heiward Mak added, “The play in adults’ eyes can be dreams that children have the right to pursue. The adults who have decided to bow to reality and gave up their dreams, shouldn’t kill the dreams children have – don’t conclude quickly that things you can’t do, couldn’t be done by children.”
Vincci Cheuk invited friends to share unpleasant childhood experience
William So Wing-hong regrets bullying primary schoolmate
|Vincci Cheuk, a cross-media artist and director, invited her social media followers to share their unpleasant childhood experience. She said, “I hope by gathering the experience, I can mirror the problems such as bullying, the lack of love and care for children shown in MAV videos. I didn’t expect to receive over 100 stories, including those of William So Wing-hong, Yue Dik-wai, Pong Nan and Calvin Choy Yat-chi, within 24 hours.” William wants to apologize to the primary schoolmate he often bullied during the recess time. He adds he used to hate those who are ‘girly’ when he studied in a boys’ school, but now he grew up and realizes the importance of respecting each other.|
Pong Nan shared an experience he put deep in his heart. He lived with his grandmother when he was small. One day his parents visited him and promised not to leave before he comes out after shower. Yet his parents were gone when he came out. He still cared about the experience of broken promise and wishes his parents have had soothed his pain by showing their love.
Adam Wong asks everyone to learn from youths
The Lui couple support children to voice out
|Adam Wong, who won the Best New Director award in the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards with The Way We Dance, voices out for children in the 1.5-minute trailer he produced using the 92 one-minute videos. The trailer perfectly presents and depicts the feelings and stories of the youths. “I found many MAV videos are short but refined. They show how youths search for their self-identity in daily lives,” he said. “We, as adults, can’t only influence youths to behave in ways our knowledge and experience teach us. Most of the time, we need to learn from youths to keep up with the times. The future of our world will definitely belong to young people, and those who live like young people.”
Christopher Doyle, a renowned filmmaker, was abroad and not able to attend the event. He shares in the film, “I work often with children. I’m always astonished by the energy they share with us, the veracity, the truth, the simplicity of their need to communicate.” He asks adults to give children ‘the voice’ and share their voice.
|Ray Lui and his wife, with a son aged 13, always support charity events. They attended the premiere today to show support in children’s rights.
UNICEF HK MAV Film – A Minute In The Telling, Worth A Quarter For Listening, reveals the problems facing children, which includes but not limited to heavy study pressure, poor relationships with parents, friendship and bullying, stress of living in poverty, unpleasant living environment that affects study, social media’s impact on social lives, etc, in an hour. Judy Chen, UNICEF HK Chairman, said, “Through the film, I hope adults could listen to teenagers and children every day for at least 15 minutes and understand their needs.”
November 20 marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. The CRC has made a world of difference in the lives of millions of children, but this historic milestone must serve both as an urgent reminder of the millions whose rights are not realized – and an opportunity to renew our commitment to reach every child, especially the most disadvantaged. Visit < www.unicef.org.hk/rights > to download multimedia materials and learn more about the CRC. #childrights