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  • Contemporary Cinema Research Institute
no.1_02_Representing Crisis and Crisis of Representation: Screening Postcolonial Hong Kong in Ten Years (2015)
  • Writer : Admin
  • Date : 2018-10-17 15:18
Representing Crisis and Crisis of Representation:
Screening Postcolonial Hong Kong
in Ten Years (2015)


Satish Kolluri
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Pace University
skolluri@pace.edu

Joseph Tse-Hei Lee
Professor of History, Pace University
jlee@pace.edu

Abstract
This article negotiates the art of representing crisis and the crisis of representation as
evinced in the critical and overdetermined relationship between the visual and discursive
regimes of representation in particular political contexts. “Crisis” may be interpreted as
a socio-political reality that is not morally acceptable. Yet, the management of a crisis,
and opposition and resistance to forces causing it becomes important when this crisis is
brought on by a repressive state. Through a closer look at Ten Years (2015), which was
made at the end of the months-long peaceful sit-in street protests in late 2014, often
called the “Umbrella Movement” or “Umbrella Revolution,” this study argues that the
present landscape of Hong Kong cinema is not only intellectually challenging, but also
reframes longstanding political, social and cultural norms in historical contexts and bends
genres in aesthetic terms. Ten Years is a film about the political present aimed at the
political future; it reconfigures communal relationship and turns around the despair and
anxiety brought about by the bio-political apparatus of Chinese authoritarianism. The
producers highlight the idea of moral politics as a feasible resistance against all forms of
state violence and urge the audiences to fight for democracy.

Keywords
Cantonese, democratic localism, Hong Kongers, state of exception, Ten Years,
Umbrella Movement