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.
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
(40:37 min) Recorded June 16, 2020
(1:07 min) Recorded June 20, 2020
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