The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

Raise the Umbrellas Screening

An examination of Hong Kong's democracy movement, culminating in the of 2014 protests known as the Umbrella movement.

Raise the Umbrellas explores the origin and impact of Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement through the inter-generational lenses of three post Tiananmen democratic activists – Martin Lee, founder of the Hong Kong Democratic party; Benny Tai, Occupy Central initiator; and Joshua Wong, the sprightly student leader. Other voices include the “umbrella mothers,” student occupiers, star politicians, prominent media professionals , international scholars, and activist Canton-pop icons Denise Ho and Anthony Wong. Comprehensive and intimate, driven by stirring on-site footage in a major Asian metropolis riven by protest, Umbrellas reveals the Movement’s eco-awareness, gay activism, and burgeoning localism. Various anti-Occupy views, underscored by an interview with the pro-Beijing heavyweight Jasper Tsang, lays bare the sheer political risk for post-colonial Hong Kong’s universal-suffragist striving to define its autonomy within China.

There will be a Q&A session featuring: 

Evans Chan | Director
Michael Berry| Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
Robert Chi | Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
Alex Wang | Professor, UCLA Law School 

Moderated by: C.K. Lee, Department of Sociology

PRESENTED BY:

UCLA Center For Social Theory and Comparative History (CSTCH)
UCLA Asia Pacific Center (APC)
UCLA School of Law - The Promise Institute for Human Rights (PIHR)
UCLA Graduate Student Association (GSA) - Melnitz Movies


*Open to the public. RSVPs valid until 7pm. After that, first come first serve.*

Sponsor(s): Asia Pacific Center, Center for Social Theory and Comparative History, UCLA Law Promise Institute for Human RIghts, UCLA Graduate Student Association (GSA) - Melnitz Movies