HONG KONG, 3 April 2017 — Preceding Children’s Day, the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) premiered a youth documentary The Way Out at UA Cine MOKO. The documentary provides an intimate look into the lives and struggles of children and youth. It is also UNICEF HK Ambassador, Director Adam Wong Sau-ping’s first documentary work in collaboration with youth in Hong Kong.
With the full support from Hang Seng Bank, The Way Out is an extension to UNICEF HK Make A Video project which aims to enhance the public’s understanding towards children and youth. The 1-hour documentary starts with the selection of youth filmmakers from the Make A Video Contest by Adam Wong for the documentary collaboration. The three youths and their challenges were profiled and highlighted. Home by Luong Ying-ngai, who is living in a children’s home due to the conflict with her mother after her father’s death; From Destiny to Destiny by Shum Ming-chun, who expresses his wish to change his destiny but questions if he is too unrealistic; and Stay or Go by Fung Ho-yuen who left the traditional school and enrolled study in a school of creativity to pursue her dream in arts, but worries about losing her true self.
The documentary uses the technique of “movie-in-a-movie” to give a holistic view on the lives and struggles of Hong Kong youth. Besides featuring the work of Ying-ngai, Ming-chun and Ho-yuen on their most concerned issues as they grow up, the documentary also interweaves the making-of of their work, with Adam providing direct guidance to the youth, in-depth interview with the youth and their parents, teachers and friends.
The youth filmmakers felt good and empowered by the opportunity to make their own voices heard. Despite the different challenges they are facing, they still share the same hope for a better future. They hope different stakeholders in the society will actualize this hope for every child in Hong Kong.
Speaking in the premiere ceremony at MOKO, Adam Wong said, “As I follow and film the youths’ creation process, I found they are all eager to express themselves and their viewpoints on common struggles of children and youth in Hong Kong, such as academic pressure, suicide, family relationship, dreams, etc.”
“It’s heartbreaking to see the struggles of the youths and hear them talk of the uncertainty about their future. Yet, I feel a sense of hope when I saw how they treat themselves and the society with utter sincereness and express their feelings of opinions bravely. If more people can think from the youth’s point of view, to know more about them, to connect with each other, may be our future will be better.”
Au King-chi, Chairman of the Advocacy and Public Relations Committee of UNICEF HK, thanks UNICEF HK Ambassador Adam Wong, the youth filmmakers, Hang Seng Bank, UA Cinemas and MOKO for making the project possible. She shared the hope for a better future with the youth filmmakers. “Tomorrow is Children’s Day, a day to promote togetherness and awareness among our community for the betterment of our children. Indeed we can all make our first step by listening to our children and young people. I sincerely hope that this documentary will promote dialogues and inspire changes for making Hong Kong a friendlier city for every child and youth.”
Alison Ho, Head of Corporate Responsibility of Hang Seng Bank said: “Hang Seng realises a positive future for our community will require inquiring minds and creative thinking. The documentary, to be screened in the coming months, aims to provide the public with a deeper understanding of our younger generation and their needs, and nurture a more inclusive society.”
Artists in Adam Wong’s previous directing works including BabyJohn Choi, Leander Lau, Ng Siu-hin and Neo Yau also joined the premiere to show their support to the meaningful project.
The Way Out will be screened in several theaters across Hong Kong. Interested parties could register free tickets at Make A Video website mav.unicef.org.hk.
The details of the screening dates are as follows:
|16 April 2017 (Sun)||2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.||InnoCentre (72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon)|
|16 April 2017 (Sun)||4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.|
|29 April 2017 (Sat)||2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.||Community College of City University (Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon)|
|7 May 2017 (Sun)||4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.||Youth Square (238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong)|
|20 May 2017 (Sat)||8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.|
*Free Seating and seats are offered on a first-come-first-served basis
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Event photos can be downloaded here.