Directors: Cathy Chu, Evie Cheung, Han Yan Yuen, Huang Yuk-kwok, Iris Kwong, Ip Kar Man, Jenn Lee
Producer: Sinead Kirwan
Co-producer: Elisabeth Kleppe
Executive producers: Natasha Dack Ojumu, Leslie Finlay, Christina Asquith
Screen Scotland funding: When A City Rises accessed £27,250 through Screen Scotland’s Film Development and Production Fund with support from The National Lottery and the Scottish Government to support the film’s Scotland-based producer Sinead Kirwan to co-produce this international theatrical documentary.
Premiere: CPH:DOX 2021
When A City Rises follows a 21-year-old student, a teenage couple, and a young father of two in their impossible fight for democracy. Relationships break and form amidst tear gas and rubber bullets, and across the border, China's People Liberation Army awaits. The work, filmed by a collective of seven Hong Kong filmmakers, invites the audience to live the resistance movement from within and tells a story of hope, love, chaos and solidarity among strangers.