Transcript: The Battle for Hong Kong | May 05, 2020

Fast clips show images of police vans roaming the streets at night.

Speaking Chinese, a girl wearing a mask faces the camera and says SORRY MUM AND DAD
I COULDN'T BE THE OBEDIENT GIRL
YOU WANTED
I'M WRITING MY WILL AT THE MOMENT
BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHEN I'LL BE CAUGHT OR
KILLED BY SOMEONE
I FEEL THAT DURING THIS PROTEST MOVEMENT
I'VE DONE THE RIGHT THING
I REALLY HOPE
THAT HONG KONG
WILL CHANGE IN THE FUTURE
AS A RESULT OF OUR RESISTANCE
THIS IS THE TRUEST THING I'VE EVER DONE

The name of the fil reads "The battle for Hong Kong."

A caption reads "October 4, 2019."

A clip shows protestors surrounding a police officer's car.

The narrator says IT'S THE FOURTH MONTH OF PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS.
IT'S THE FOURTH MONTH OF PRO-DEMOCRACY PROTESTS
THE CAR OF AN ARMED, OFF-DUTY POLICEMAN IS SURROUNDED
DON'T LET THE COP ESCAPE
THE CITY IS ON THE BRINK OF CHAOS.

A protestor says FUCK YOU.

The policeman gets out of his car and says DROP THAT.

A protestor grabs him from the neck and they start fighting.

A protestor says FIGHT THIS MOTHERFUCKER.

Another protestor says GUNSHOT!

The narrator says THE BULLET INJURES A FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD PROTESTER.
HOW DID PROTESTS IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST FINANCIAL CENTRES DESCEND INTO SUCH VIOLENCE?
AND WHERE WILL IT END?

The protestors start smashing the policeman's car.

With his face covered in blood, the policeman makes a phone call and says HELP ME. I'VE BEEN BEATEN UP.

A protestor says I TOLD YOU TO LEAVE
DROP YOUR GUN AND FIGHT ME NOW
FUCK YOU.

(explosion)

The narrator says THIS FILM FOLLOWS FIVE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE BATTLE OF THEIR LIVES, DURING THE MOST INTENSE PERIOD OF THE PROTESTS...
THEY'RE FIGHTING FOR THEIR FUTURES AGAINST THE WORLD'S LARGEST AND MOST POWERFUL, AUTHORITARIAN REGIME.

A young woman says WE BELIEVE THAT OUR FUTURE SHOULD BE DECIDED BY OURSELVES NOT THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY. IT IS DEFINITELY DICTATORSHIP VERSUS DEMOCRACY.

The narrator says MOST ARE WEARING FACEMASKS TO HELP CONCEAL THEIR IDENTITIES, AS THEY FACE ARREST.
THEIRS' IS THE LAST CORNER OF CHINA WHERE FREEDOMS AND HUMAN RIGHTS STILL EXIST, BUT FOR HOW MUCH LONGER?

Clips show policemen shutting down protests.

The caption changes to "Momo."

Momo wears a black T-shirt a navy blue fisherman's hat and a face mask.

She says I USED TO THINK THAT WORKING HARD AND PLAYING HARD WOULD BE ENOUGH FOR ME

The narrator says MOMO IS A NURSE IN HER LATE TWENTIES.
WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD, HONG KONG WAS A BRITISH COLONY.
IN 1997 IT WAS RETURNED TO CHINA AND GRANTED SPECIAL STATUS FOR 50 YEARS – ALLOWING FOR FAR MORE FREEDOMS THAN IN MAINLAND CHINA.
BUT THE CITY'S GOVERNMENT WOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE COMMUNIST REGIME – AND ITS LEADER APPROVED BY BEIJING.

Momo says BEFORE THE PROTEST MOVEMENT, I RARELY PAID ANY ATTENTION TO POLITICS IN HONG KONG.

The caption changes to "June 12, 2019."

The narrator says ON 12TH OF JUNE LAST YEAR, MOMO WAS ONE OF TENS OF THOUSANDS WHO TOOK TO THE STREETS.
HONG KONG'S GOVERNMENT HAD PROPOSED A CONTROVERSIAL EXTRADITION BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW CRIMINAL SUSPECTS TO BE SENT FOR TRIAL IN MAINLAND CHINA.

Momo says MY UNDERSTANDING OF CHINA IS THAT IN THEORY THERE IS THE RULE OF LAW, BUT IN REALITY, IF THEY DON'T LIKE THE LOOK OF YOU OR WHAT YOU'VE SAID, THEY WILL MAKE UP A CRIME YOU DIDN'T COMMIT AND FIND YOU GUILTY.

The narrator says THE MAJORITY OF PROTESTERS WERE PEACEFUL.
MOMO WASN'T READY FOR WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.

Momo says ALL OF A SUDDEN, I FELT THAT THE WORLD WASN'T AS PERFECT AS I THOUGHT.
ACTUALLY, THE WORLD IS CRUEL AND TERRIFYING.

The narrator says THE POLICE FIRED LARGE AMOUNTS OF TEAR GAS INTO THE CROWDS.
PROTESTERS USED THEIR PHONES TO FILM ATTACKS ON DEMONSTRATORS.

Momo says I NEVER THOUGHT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WOULD TREAT US LIKE THIS. IT'S THE SAME WAY THE LAW WORKS IN MAINLAND CHINA.
THEY WANT TO SILENCE US. THEY DON'T WANT US TO SPEAK OUT.

The narrator says FOR MOMO, THAT DAY WOULD TURN HER WORLD UPSIDE DOWN.

Momo says MY PARTNER IS A POLICEMAN.
FOR US PROTESTERS, HE'S ON THE ENEMY'S FRONTLINE
I ASKED HIM... "IF YOU'RE THE PERSON WHO SHOT ME, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL?"
HE DIDN'T COMFORT ME AT ALL.
I FELT TERRIBLE SADNESS
BECAUSE I WAS LIVING WITH SOMEONE LIKE HIM
IT WAS TERRIFYING.

The narrator says THE HONG KONG AUTHORITIES SAID THE POLICE HAD 'ADOPTED A RESTRAINED AND TOLERANT ATTITUDE' ON THE 12TH OF JUNE - AND CALLED THE PROTESTERS 'RIOTERS'.
FOR MANY HONGKONGERS, THAT DAY WAS A TURNING POINT.
ONE OF THEM WAS LOMI, A RESEARCHER.

Lomi has long straight black hair with bangs and wears a black and white striped sweater and a facemask.

She says I GOT HOME THAT NIGHT. WE SAID, "WOW HONGKONGERS HAVE RISEN. THEY'RE FINALLY WAKING UP AND PROTESTING."

The caption changes to "Three months later."

Lomi points at a clip on a screen and says IF THE PROTESTERS ARE WALKING TOWARDS CENTRAL, I'D EXPECT SOMETHING TO HAPPEN AT NORTH POINT.

The narrator says LOMI'S IN A SAFE HOUSE WITH HER TEAM, HIDING FROM THE AUTHORITIES, PREPARING FOR THE NEXT PROTEST.

Lomi says WHEN WE GET THERE, LET'S SPREAD OUT. LET'S STAY AWAY FROM ADMIRALTY.

The narrator says IN THE THREE MONTHS SINCE THE 12TH OF JUNE, THE PROTESTS HAVE GROWN IN SIZE AND INTENSITY, FOCUSING ON THE POLITICAL FUTURE OF HONG KONG - NOT JUST THE EXTRADITION BILL.

Lomi says PUT THIS IN MY BAG

The narrator says THE MAJORITY OF PROTESTERS HAVE BEEN PEACEFUL BUT SOME LIKE LOMI ARE TAKING A DIFFERENT APPROACH.

Lomi says HONGKONGERS USED TO BE REGARDED AS RATIONAL, PEACEFUL AND NON-VIOLENT.
YET, HAVE WE HAD ANY BREAKTHROUGHS? I DON'T THINK SO.
SO, WE THOUGHT, WHY NOT TRY SOMETHING MORE INTENSE, USING OTHER WAYS TO PROTEST TO ACHIEVE OUR AIMS.

At a protest, Lomi says THERE ARE LOTS OF CCTV CAMERAS AROUND
I CAN SMELL TEAR GAS
LET'S GEAR UP
GET CHANGED NOW

The narrator says LOMI HAS FORMED A TEAM FROM PEOPLE SHE'S MET AT THE PROTESTS. THEY'VE BECOME CLOSE FRIENDS.

As she puts on a gas mask, Lomi says WHERE IS THE POLICE HELICOPTER?
IF THE RIOT POLICE ARE GETTING READY, WE'LL HAVE TO START RUNNING. IF THEY CONTINUE USING TEAR GAS AND RUBBER BULLETS, WE'LL TRY OUR BEST TO BUILD BARRICADES AND HOLD THE GROUND.
IT'S LOOSE. PLEASE HELP ME TIGHTEN IT.

The narrator says THE POLICE START FIRING TEAR GAS TO TRY AND CLEAR THE STREETS.

Lomi says IF TEAR GAS LANDS NEAR US, NEUTRALISE IT WITH WATER. I'LL PICK IT UP.

A protestor tries to neutralise the gas bomb and says RUBBISH GOGGLES.
MY EYES ARE BURNING.
OUCH, IT HURTS.

Lomi says I KNOW, SAME HERE.

The protestor says CAN YOU BEAR IT?

Lomi says YES, I CAN.

The protestor says MY ARMS AND FOREHEAD ARE BURNING.
THE BARRICADES SHOULD BE READY IN FIVE MINUTES

The narrator says LOMI AND HER TEAM HELP BUILD BARRICADES TO STOP THE POLICE WATER CANNON VEHICLES, WHICH ARE HEADING THEIR WAY.

As they push around cement planters to build the barricade, Lomi says THAT WAY
WATCH OUT
THIS IS SO HEAVY
PUT IT SIDEWAYS

The narrator says THEN THEY REALISE – THE POLICE ARE CLOSING IN.

As they run away, Lomi says I SEE RIOT POLICE NOW
LET'S RUN
RUN, RUN, RUN

The narrator says SECONDS LATER POLICE SPECIAL FORCES CHARGE THE PROTESTORS.
THEY MAKE MORE THAN A HUNDRED ARRESTS.
BUT LOMI AND ALL HER TEAM ESCAPE.

One of the team members says I TWISTED MY HEAD AND RAN AWAY.

Lomi says THERE'S LOTS OF CCTV HERE. LET'S MOVE.
WOW, WE'VE GOT EVERYONE HERE. TWO, FOUR, SIX, EIGHT. GREAT, WE'RE ALL SAFE AND SOUND.

Facing the camera, Lomi says IF YOU ASK WHAT I'M FIGHTING FOR, IT'S FOR THE SAKE OF THE FREEDOM THAT REMAINS IN HONG KONG.

At the protest, Lomi says LET'S FIND SOMEWHERE TO GET CHANGED.

The narrator says HONG KONG'S SPECIAL STATUS IS DUE TO END IN 2047 – WHEN CHINA WILL TAKE BACK FULL CONTROL.

At an alley, Lomi says LET'S GET CHANGED HERE.

At the interview, Lomi says THE VALUES WE'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT, SUCH AS FREEDOM, EQUALITY AND UNIVERSAL VALUES DON'T MATCH THOSE OF THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS.

At the protest, Lomi says THERE AREN'T ANY POLICE OUT THERE. WE CAN WALK.
TELL HIM WE'LL MEET HIM THERE.

At the interview, Lomi says I DON'T WANT TO BE CONTROLLED BY THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS.

The narrator says AS THE PROTESTS HAVE INTENSIFIED, CHINA HAS WARNED THAT IT COULD DIRECTLY INTERVENE.

The caption changes to "Chinese government spokesperson."

The spokesperson says THE RIOTS SHOULD BE STOPPED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I HOPE THE RADICAL VIOLENT PROTESTERS ENGAGED IN SEPARATIST ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG COME TO THEIR SENSES AND RECOGNISE THE SERIOUS HARM THEY'RE DOING.

The caption changes to "Vincent."

Vincent has straight black hair and wears a black T-shirt and a facemask.

He says IF YOU ASK WHETHER I'M AFRAID, I'LL SAY YES, BUT RETREAT IS NOT AN OPTION, BECAUSE I'LL LOSE EVERYTHING.
IT'S BETTER TO DIE STANDING THAN LIVE KNEELING.

The narrator says VINCENT IS ONE OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AT THE HEART OF THE PROTESTS.

At a protest, Vincent says SEE THE RED FIRE HYDRANT DOWN THERE?

Another protestor says I SEE IT.

Vincent says THAT WAS HIT BY GAS BOMBS AND FIRE WENT UP.

The narrator says VINCENT HAS FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE OF LIFE IN MAINLAND

Vincent says CHINA. HE GREW UP THERE BEFORE MOVING TO HONG KONG IN HIS TEENS.
IN MAINLAND CHINA, YOUR BEHAVIOUR ONLINE AND ON THE STREETS, YOUR DAILY LIFE IS WATCHED BY THE AUTHORITIES' SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM.
IT'S ANOTHER PRISON OUTSIDE PRISON.

The narrator says VINCENT SAYS HE FEARS THAT CHINA'S SURVEILLANCE, TECHNOLOGY STATE - THE MOST INTRUSIVE IN THE WORLD - IS BEING BUILT IN HIS CITY.
SMART LAMP POSTS WITH SENSORS AND CAMERAS HAVE BECOME TARGETS OF THE PROTESTORS.

A clip shows protestors knocking down a smart lamp post.

Vincent says IF HONG KONG BECOMES PART OF THE CHINESE SYSTEM... PEOPLE WILL FIND IT HARD TO SURVIVE.

The narrator says HONGKONGERS CURRENTLY ENJOY AN OPEN MEDIA AND INTERNET UNLIKE ON THE MAINLAND WHERE BOTH ARE HEAVILY CENSORED AND CONTROLLED.
SO, IT WAS ONLY WHEN HE ARRIVED IN HONG KONG THAT VINCENT LEARNED THE TRUTH ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST TERRIBLE EVENTS IN CHINA'S RECENT HISTORY - THE MASSACRE IN TIANANMEN SQUARE.

Vincent watches at clips from the massacre and says I JUST WATCHED THE TIANANMEN SQUARE VIDEO, I DON'T HAVE THE HEART TO WATCH ANY MORE.
THE GOVERNMENT USED BRUTAL VIOLENCE TO MASSACRE THE PROTESTERS.
THE PROTESTERS FOUGHT FOR DEMOCRACY... BECAUSE THEY LOVED THEIR COUNTRY... AND WANTED TO HAVE A BETTER CHINA.

The narrator says THE HONG KONG PROTESTS ARE THE LARGEST IN CHINA SINCE TIANANMEN SQUARE.
ON THIS NIGHT, VINCENT HAS JOINED THOUSANDS OF OTHERS IN THE CENTRE OF THE CITY.
HE WORRIES THAT THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES MAY INTERVENE VIOLENTLY IN HONG KONG, BUT HE ALSO HAS NOT LOST HOPE FOR THE PROTESTS.

Vincent says IF HONG KONG FORMALLY ACHIEVES DEMOCRACY, WE COULD EXPORT THOSE IDEAS TO MAINLAND CHINA

The narrator says A FEW HOURS LATER, THE VIOLENCE ESCALATES.
THE FIRST LIVE ROUND IS FIRED BY THE POLICE - A WARNING SHOT.

Vincent says THE HOUR BEFORE SUNRISE IS THE DARKEST. NOW, HONG KONG IS IN ITS THE DARKEST HOUR.

(music plays)

Agnes is in her early twenties, with long straight brown hair with bangs. She wears a gray T-shirt.

She says I THOUGHT A LOT ON MY OWN FUTURE. I HAD TO BE MENTALLY PREPARED TO BE ARRESTED OR EVEN TO BE SENT TO THE PRISON.

The narrator says THE POLICE ARE ROUNDING UP KNOWN ACTIVISTS. AT 22, AGNES CHOW IS ALREADY A VETERAN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNER.
SHE'S NOT WORRIED ABOUT SHOWING HER FACE BECAUSE SHE'S ALREADY KNOWN TO THE AUTHORITIES.
TONIGHT, SHE'S REPORTING TO A POLICE STATION, AS PART OF HER BAIL CONDITIONS.

Agnes says WHEN I WOKE UP AND I OPENED THE DOOR OF MY ROOM. I SUDDENLY SAW FIVE POLICE OFFICERS STANDING OUTSIDE OF MY ROOM. I WAS SO SHOCKED

The narrator says AGNES SAYS SHE WAS DEMONSTRATING PEACEFULLY, BUT WAS CHARGED WITH TAKING PART AND INCITING OTHERS TO JOIN AN UNAUTHORISED ASSEMBLY.

Agnes says IF I AM SENT TO PRISON BECAUSE OF PARTICIPATING IN THE ASSEMBLY OR PROTEST, OF COURSE IT'S A POLITICAL PRISONER.

The narrator says ONE OF HONG KONG'S KEY FREEDOMS IS THE RIGHT TO PROTEST, BUT MOST DEMONSTRATIONS ARE NOW DEEMED ILLEGAL.

Agnes says THE VIOLENCE AND THE SUPPRESSION FROM BEIJING AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS GETTING STRONGER AND STRONGER.

A man on the street says over a microphone SHE'S CALLED THE 'GODDESS OF DEMOCRACY' BY THE JAPANESE.

The narrator says HONGKONGERS DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO ELECT THEIR LEADER AND LAWMAKERS. AGNES AND THE PROTEST MOVEMENT ARE CALLING FOR THIS TO CHANGE.

The man says NOW, WE INVITE THEM TO THE STAGE.

Agnes says HONG KONG PEOPLE SHOULD ENJOY GENUINE DEMOCRACY.
AT LEAST WE WOULD HAVE A POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT COULD FORCE THE GOVERNMENT TO RESPECT AND TO LISTEN TO PUBLIC OPINION.

Agnes addresses a crowd on the street and says WE WANT TO LIVE HERE IN OUR BELOVED HONG KONG FOR 10, 30, 50, 70 YEARS.

At the interview, Agnes says IN THE EYES OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY, ALL SOCIAL MOVEMENT, FIGHTING FOR A DEMOCRACY IS OVER THE RED LINE.

She says to the crowd KEEP FIGHTING HONGKONGERS.

At the interview, Agnes says WE WANT TO CHOOSE OUR FUTURE BY OURSELVES.

The narrator says AGNES IS SHORTLY DUE TO GO ON TRIAL. SHE FACES UP TO FIVE YEARS BEHIND BARS.

Momo says I'VE CHANGED MY VIEW ON A LOT OF THINGS AND PEOPLE.

The narrator says THE VIOLENCE USED TO SUPPRESS THE PROTESTS HAS TRAUMATISED MOMO. IT'S ALSO MADE HER ANGRY.
SHE NOW GOES TO THE FRONTLINES -PROVIDING MEDICAL SUPPORT AND EXTINGUISHING TEAR GAS ROUNDS.

Momo says I'VE SEEN SO MANY POLICE OVERUSING THEIR POWER AND UNJUSTIFIED VIOLENCE
THEY DON'T SERVE THE CITIZENS.
THEY SERVE THE ALMIGHTY GOVERNMENT... THE SENIOR OFFICIALS AND CHINA.

The narrator says HONGKONGERS ARE NOW BITTERLY DIVIDED. MOMO'S FAMILY - LIKE MANY - IS BEING WRENCHED APART BY THE PROTESTS.

Momo says MY PARENTS KNOW I GO TO THE FRONTLINE.
HOWEVER, MY MUM IS A TYPICAL ANTI-PROTESTER.
SHE SAYS IN FOUL LANGUAGE... THAT THE PROTESTERS NEED TO BE BEATEN TO DEATH. NOTHING CAN HURT ME NOW.

The narrator says IT'S BEEN ALMOST FOUR MONTHS OF PROTESTS
LOMI HAS BEEN OUT CONFRONTING THE POLICE SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK

Lomi says SOMETIMES I HAVE NIGHTMARES WHERE I'M BEING CHASED BY THE RIOT POLICE. EVERY NOW AND THEN IN MY DREAM I'LL SEE THE POLICE CHARGING AT ME.

The narrator says THE POLICE ARE INCREASING THE NUMBER OF ARRESTS IN THE RUN UP TO THE BIGGEST CELEBRATIONS IN CHINA'S HISTORY, MARKING 70 YEARS OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY IN POWER.

Lomi's team gets ready for the protest.

One of the team members says CHECK THE RADIOS

Another one says TESTING, TESTING...

The narrator says LOMI'S TEAM ARE IN THEIR SAFE HOUSE PLANNING THEIR NEXT MOVE.

One of them says LET'S EAT.

Lomi says WE'LL CARRY ON, BUT TODAY WE DON'T WANT TO USE TOO MUCH ENERGY BECAUSE WE WANT TO SAVE IT FOR THE REAL BATTLE ON 1ST OF OCTOBER.

The narrator says LOMI AND THE PROTESTERS ARE PLANNING TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO UNDERMINE THE COMMUNIST PARTY'S CELEBRATIONS IN TWO DAYS' TIME.

Lomi says THIS FESTIVAL IS AN INSULT TO US. WE'LL DEFINITELY TAKE TO THE STREETS TO FIGHT.

The caption changes to "Hong Kong police spokesperson."

The spokesperson says WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF EXTREME DANGER. THERE ARE APPARENT SIGNS THAT HARDCORE VIOLENCE WILL ESCALATE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. ALL ACTS ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO TERRORISM.

The narrator says SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT VINCENT - WHO IS ORIGINALLY FROM MAINLAND CHINA - IS ALSO PLANNING TO PROTEST ON NATIONAL DAY.
FOR HIM AND MANY OTHER PROTESTERS, THE COMMUNIST PARTY IS THE ENEMY.

Vincent says IN HONG KONG, THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE DON'T REGARD OCTOBER 1ST AS NATIONAL DAY, THEY SEE IT AS A NATIONAL MOURNING DAY BECAUSE ON THAT DAY A MURDEROUS REGIME CAME TO POWER.

The caption changes to "National Day, October 1st, 2019, Beijing."

A clip from the celebratory military parades roll.

The narrator says THE CELEBRATIONS, MARKING 70 YEARS OF COMMUNIST RULE AND CHINA'S EMERGENCE AS A GLOBAL POWER, ARE UNDERWAY.
PRESIDING OVER THE EVENT IS CHINA'S LEADER - XI JINPING.
BACK IN HONG KONG, MOMO IS GETTING READY FOR ACTION ON THE STREETS.

Momo writes telephone numbers on the bridges of her feet.

She says THIS IS THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR... CIVIL HUMAN RIGHTS FRONT LEGAL AID AND THIS IS FOR THE SPARK ALLIANCE LEGAL AID.
SO, IT'LL BE EASIER FOR ME TO MAKE A PHONE CALL IF I'M ARRESTED.

At the celebrations, President Xi addresses the crowd and says WE HAVE THE SAME HEARTS. WE WORK HARD TOGETHER. WE HAVE ACHIEVED SOMETHING WHICH IS ACCLAIMED BY THE REST OF THE WORLD. WE'LL STICK TO THE POLICY OF PEACEFUL UNIFICATION, ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS.

Vincent says WE ALL LOVE OUR COUNTRY, BUT WE SHOULDN'T BE MADE TO LOVE A PARTICULAR POLITICAL PARTY.
I WOULD DESCRIBE THE INCREASING NATIONALISM, WITHIN CHINA AS NAZISM

President Xi says WE MUST MAINTAIN HONG KONG'S AND MACAO'S LONG-TERM PROSPERITY AND STABILITY AND UNITE ALL CHINESE PEOPLE TO FIGHT FOR COMPLETE UNIFICATION OF THE MOTHERLAND.

Protest begins and policemen start firing rubber bullets at the protestors.

A man says THERE ARE FEWER THAN 20 FRONTLINERS AT TSIM SHA TSUI

Lomi says COPY THAT, WE'LL CALL PEOPLE BACK.

The narrator says LOMI'S TEAM HAS SPLIT UP TO STRETCH THE POLICE RESPONSE ACROSS THE CITY.

Lomi says IT'S OKAY THERE ARE NO POLICE.
NOW, WE KNOW WHAT KIND OF REGIME THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY RUNS.
I'LL PICK UP AND YOU EXTINGUISH.
THEY WANT TO BREED YOU LIKE A PIG. TO SILENCE YOU AND GET YOU TO LISTEN.

A man at the protest says DELETE HIS PHOTOS
TAKE HIS PHONE

The narrator says AS THE DAY PROGRESSES, THE PROTESTORS' ANGER AGAINST CHINA RAMPS UP.
A GROUP OF THEM SURROUND A CHINESE TOURIST.

A protestor says WE'LL BEAT YOU FUCKER TO DEATH.
SMASH HIS PHONE
FUCK YOUR MOTHER

The narrator says THERE'S GROWING SUSPICION OF ANYONE FROM THE MAINLAND.

Protestors bat up the tourist.

The protestor says YOU DESERVE IT

A woman gives him a handkerchief and says DO YOU WANT TO CLEAN YOUR WOUND?

The tourist says I'M JUST HERE ON A DAY TRIP. I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED.
WOW, THIS IS WHAT HONG KONG IS NOW.

The narrator says BY NOW PROTESTS HAVE SPREAD TO THIRTEEN AREAS ACROSS HONG KONG. PITCHED BATTLES ARE TAKING PLACE.

A protestor says POLICE TWO BLOCKS AWAY

The narrator says AROUND LOMI'S GROUP THE POLICE ARE CLOSING IN.

A protestor says THE RIOT POLICE ARE HERE.

Lomi says I CAN'T SEE THEM
POLICE BEHIND US
RUN, RUN, RUN.

Police starts shooting at the protestors.

The narrator says IN ANOTHER PART OF TOWN, MOMO'S MADE IT TO THE FRONTLINE TO HELP EXTINGUISH TEAR GAS.
SHE'S RECORDED A MESSAGE FOR HER PARENTS.

In her message, Momo says SORRY MUM AND DAD
I DON'T KNOW IF YOU GUYS UNDERSTAND...HOW SCARED I'VE BEEN.
IT TURNS OUT, IF YOU WANT TO BE A GOOD PERSON WHO WANTS DEMOCRACY, IT'S SUCH A TOUGH STRUGGLE.
IT TAKES SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND ME TO BE INJURED OR DIE.

The narrator says ON NATIONAL DAY POLICE SHOOT SIX LIVE ROUNDS... ..ONE IS FIRED BY AN OFFICER WHO'S COLLEAGUE IS BEING ATTACKED BY A GROUP OF PROTESTERS,
THE BULLET HITS AND SERIOUSLY INJURES A SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT.

President Xi says WE NEED TO WORK HARD TOWARDS REALISING THE GREAT CHINESE DREAM OF REVIVING CHINA.

The narrator says CELEBRATIONS IN CHINA CONTINUE INTO THE NIGHT.
HONG KONG'S OFFICIAL FIREWORK DISPLAY IS CANCELLED BUT THE PROTESTERS ORGANISE THEIR OWN.

Vincent says THE VIOLENT CLASHES HAVE GROWN IN SCALE.
NOW IT'S EITHER TOTAL DEFEAT OR COMPLETE VICTORY. PEOPLE DON'T CARE ABOUT LIFE OR DEATH.

The narrator says THE 1ST OF OCTOBER WOULD BE JUST THE WARM-UP FOR THE SHOWDOWN BETWEEN THE PROTESTERS AND THE POLICE.
AFTER THE VIOLENCE ON CHINA'S NATIONAL DAY, HONG KONG'S AUTHORITIES TAKE NEW MEASURES IN AN EFFORT TO STOP THE PROTESTS.
FACE MASKS ARE BANNED.
THE EXTRADITION BILL WHICH IGNITED THE DEMONSTRATIONS HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN... BUT IT'S TOO LATE... HARDLINERS RAMP UP THEIR BATTLES WITH THE POLICE AND TAKE CONTROL OF A UNIVERSITY CAMPUS.

A man says IT'S EASY TO FIRE AN ARROW.

The narrator says LI IS PART OF A CORE GROUP OCCUPYING THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

A man teaches another man how to shoot an arrow.

He says NO, LIKE THIS
THE ARROW SITS UNDERNEATH

The narrator says LI IS MARRIED WITH A DAUGHTER. HE'S BEEN PROTESTING SINCE JUNE.

Li wears black jeans, a black sleeveless shirt and a ski mask.

He says I USED TO BE A PEACEFUL PROTESTER. I'VE BEEN FORCED TO BECOME ONE OF THE 'BRAVES'.
BASICALLY, WE'RE NOW AT WAR.
WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW, WILL BE SEEN BY SOCIETY AS FUCKING VIOLENT.

A man shoots an arrow against a target.

He says DID IT GO THROUGH?

Li says YES. DON'T SHOOT YET.

At the interview, Li says BUT IF IT WASN'T FOR THE 'BRAVES'... THE MOVEMENT WOULDN'T HAVE LASTED AS LONG.
IF IT'S JUST ME WHO HAS TO DIE FOR HONG KONG TO GET DEMOCRACY... I'M HAPPY TO MAKE THE SACRIFICE. BUT, IF I DIE, I WANT A QUICK DEATH.

At the protest, a protestor says over a radio CLEAR A PATH.

The narrator says LI AND HIS FELLOW HARDLINERS ARE DEVISING NEW WAYS TO KEEP THE POLICE AT BAY, FORTIFYING THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS..
A man says IF THE POLICE DO COME THROUGH HERE AND THE VAN BLOWS.THEY'RE FUCKED.

Li says PUT A BUNCH OF MOLOTOV COCKTAILS IN THE VAN... AND PUT A BATTERY THERE... CONNECT THE OPPOSITE ENDS AND ADD A SUPER LONG WIRE.

Another man says I'M FUCKING EXCITED SEEKING REVENGE.
IF I RISK MY OWN LIFE... AT LEAST A POLICEMAN WILL DIE TOO.

Another man says ONE IS NOT ENOUGH.

The narrator says LI AND THE HARDLINERS HAVE HEARD THERE'S A LARGER GATHERING ELSEWHERE IN HONG KONG.
THEY DECIDE TO ABANDON THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

A protestor says RUN, RUN, RUN
THEY HAVE A BIGGER BATTLE TO FIGHT - ACROSS THE CITY AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

The caption changes to "Hong Kong Polytechnic University, November 17, 2019."

A protestor behind a barricade says FRONTLINERS BELOW SPREAD OUT
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.

The narrator says AROUND 2000 PROTESTERS, SOME OF THEM PEACEFUL HAVE AMASSED AT THE POLYTECHNIC. LOMI IS AMONG THE CROWD.
AND LI AND HIS FELLOW HARDLINERS ARE ALSO HERE.

A protestor says RIOT POLICE NEXT TO THE WATER CANNON

The narrator says THE POLICE HAVE THEM SURROUNDED

A protestor says PLEASE QUICKLY GET ME MORE ARROWS.

Another protestor says THERE ARE VERY FEW LEFT.

The first protestor says PLEASE, TRY YOUR BEST TO GET SOME.

The narrator says IT'S THE START OF THE MOST VIOLENT CONFRONTATION OF THE PROTESTS.
UP ON THE TERRACE, LI IS IN THE FIRING LINE.

Police hose protestors with water.

A protestor says THEY'RE RETREATING. HIT THEM NOW. EVERYONE CROUCH DOWN. GET READY.

They start shooting arrows at the police.

The protestor says I THINK THAT JUST MISSED ONE OF THEM.

Another protestor says BUT YOU HIT ONE ALREADY.

The first protestor says WHAT?

The other protestor says YOUR ARROW HIT A POLICEMAN AT THE FRONT.

The first protestor says YES. KILL THE COCKROACHES.

Li says THE POLICE SAY TO US... "YOU'RE NOT PLAYING GAMES, WHAT YOU'RE DOING HAS CONSEQUENCES."
OF COURSE, I'M AWARE OF THAT.

A protestor says I TOLD YOU I COULD HIT SOMEONE.

Another protestor says I DID IT.

Li says WE'RE PLAYING THIS GAME WHILST PUTTING OUR LIVES AND FUTURES AT RISK.

A protestor says IT'S LIKE A WAR GAME. I SHOOT AND THEN CROUCH TO GET ANOTHER ARROW.

Li says I REALLY FEAR I'LL BE SHOT AT ANY MOMENT AND THEN GOODBYE
FUCK, I HAVEN'T EVEN SAID MY LAST WORDS TO MY WIFE AND KID.

The narrator says THE STANDOFF AT THE UNIVERSITY DRAGS ON THROUGH THE NIGHT...
INSIDE, THERE'S A GROWING SENSE OF DESPERATION. THE STAKES ARE HIGH.

A protestor says DON'T TURN YOURSELF IN.
IF YOU TURN YOURSELF IN, YOU'LL GET 10 YEARS.
IF YOU GET CAUGHT ESCAPING, IT'S 10 YEARS.
BUT IF WE ESCAPE, WE WON'T GO TO PRISON AT ALL
STOP CRYING.

The narrator says LOMI AND HER TEAM START PLANNING THEIR ESCAPE.

Lomi says THERE ARE FOUR OF US HERE, WE MUST LEAVE TOGETHER.

A team member says OKAY.

Another team member says IT MIGHT NOT WORK BUT I HAVE AN IDEA.

The narrator says THEY AIM TO CLIMB BY ROPE ONTO A FLYOVER AND FLEE.

The team member says I DON'T KNOW BUT I THINK WE COULD CLIMB UP. IT SHOULD WORK.

Lomi says HOW MUCH TIME DO WE HAVE?

The man says 30 MINUTES.

Lomi says ALMOST TIME THEN
HAVING DEFENDED AGAINST A WAVE OF ATTACKS...
WE'VE BEEN SURROUNDED BY POLICE SINCE MIDNIGHT.
SORRY, I THINK I'VE GOT TO GO. HE'S CALLING ME.
PLEASE WAIT, SHOULD I COME NOW?

The narrator says LOMI DISAPPEARS INTO THE CHAOS.JUST AS ANOTHER GROUP OF PROTESTERS TRY TO GET OUT OF THE CAMPUS.

A protestor says I WANT TO GO HOME
WHY WON'T YOU LET US GO HOME?

Police throws tear gas at them.

A protestor says WATCH OUT
BE QUICK

The narrator says THE POLICE CONTINUE TO BOMBARD THE POLYTECHNIC CAMPUS WITH TEAR GAS, RUBBER BULLETS AND WATER CANNON.

A protestor says WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?

The narrator says SUDDENLY, POLICE STAGE AN AMBUSH.

Policemen start arresting the protestors.

One of the protestors says MY NAME IS NGAN LONG TIN
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A policeman takes the gas mask off one of the protestors' face and says SMELL THAT GAS

Another policeman says DRAG HER AWAY
DON'T FILM ANYMORE

The narrator says AFTER NEARLY HALF A YEAR OF PITCHED BATTLES, MUCH OF THE HARD-LINE PROTEST MOVEMENT HAS BEEN BROKEN APART.
A MAJOR VICTORY FOR THE AUTHORITIES.

A policeman says TAKE THEM AWAY

The Hong Kong police spokesperson says WE STRONGLY CONDEMN THE RIOTERS FOR TAKING OVER THE UNIVERSITY AND USING IT AS A WEAPONS FACTORY. IN THE WHOLE POLYU INCIDENT, THE POLICE ARREST 1377 PEOPLE. WE HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ANY VIOLENT OR CRIMINAL ACT. THE POLICE WILL BRING ALL OFFENDERS TO JUSTICE.

A policeman at the protest says HEAD DOWN
GET BACK.

The narrator says AFTER THE END OF THE POLYTECHNIC SIEGE, THE POLICE HUNT DOWN MORE PROTESTERS.

Momo says I WORRY ABOUT GETTING ARRESTED WHEN I GO OUT.

The narrator says MOMO SAYS SHE'S INCREASINGLY WORRIED ABOUT THE COUNTDOWN TO CHINA TAKING FULL CONTROL OF HONG KONG.

Momo says CHINA IS GETTING MORE AND MORE POWERFUL.
I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT BEFORE, BUT NOW I'M THINKING THERE'S ONLY 20 PLUS YEARS BEFORE 2047. TIME WILL FLY BY.
WILL I GET MARRIED IN THE FUTURE? WILL I HAVE CHILDREN?
HOW DO I CARRY ON LIVING HERE IN HONG KONG?

Vincent says THE WORLD SHOULD PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO HONG KONG BECAUSE HONG KONG IS RIGHT ON THE FRONTLINE OF THE BATTLE AGAINST THE CHINESE COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP.

The caption changes to "Hong Kong border with mainland China."

Vincent says I DON'T THINK I CAN GO BACK TO MAINLAND CHINA NOW.

The narrator says VINCENT IS NOW ON POLICE BAIL AFTER BEING ARRESTED FOR UNAUTHORISED ASSEMBLY.
HE USED TO REGULARLY CROSS INTO MAINLAND CHINA TO SEE HIS FATHER AND FAMILY, BUT AFTER HIS ARREST HE SAYS IT'S TOO RISKY.

Vincent says WHEN YOU PURSUE SOMETHING, YOU CONSIDER A JUST CAUSE, IT'S INEVITABLE THERE WILL BE SACRIFICES
SINCE JUNE, HONG KONG IS NO LONGER A SAFE PLACE.
IN 2047, IT WILL BE EVEN MORE LIKE HELL, OR A HELL THAT IS SCARIER THAN HELL.

The caption changes to "Taiwan. January, 2020."

Lomi says THANK YOU MUM AND DAD FOR GIVING ME SPACE TO DO MY OWN THING.
I KNOW YOU WORRY ABOUT ME A LOT.
YOU'VE ALWAYS LOVED ME.
I CAN'T GO BACK TO HONG KONG...
BUT I CAN'T REGRET.
I MUST PERSIST ON MY CHOSEN PATH.

The narrator says LOMI AND SOME OF HER GROUP DID MANAGE TO ESCAPE THE SIEGE EIGHT WEEKS AGO AND FLED HONG KONG, SEEKING REFUGE IN NEARBY TAIWAN.

Lomi says WE'VE LOST SO MUCH AND ONLY GAINED VERY LITTLE.
I QUIT MY JOB. I SAW MY FAMILY FOR THE LAST TIME. I JUST HAD ENOUGH TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO MY FRIENDS. WE MIGHT NEVER SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN, OR AT LEAST NOT FOR A LONG TIME.

She wipes off her tears and says WE TAKE COMFORT KNOWING THAT WE'VE WOKEN UP MANY MORE HONGKONGERS.
BUT IF YOU ASK ME ABOUT HONG KONG'S FUTURE, I'M VERY SCARED.
IF WE DON'T KEEP GOING, HONG KONG FALLS. WE WON'T BE ABLE TO SPEAK OUT. THERE WILL BE COMPLETE SURVEILLANCE. THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS WILL TAKE OVER. THERE WILL BE NO FRONTLINE. THERE WILL BE NO RESISTANCE. ALL OPPOSITION WILL BE SUPPRESSED.
I THINK THIS MOVEMENT IS THE BEGINNING OF OPPOSITION AGAINST THIS AUTHORITARIAN REGIME NOT THE FINAL BATTLE.

Captions read "Agnes is still awaiting trial for taking part and inciting others to participate in an unauthorised assembly.
Li is keeping a low profile – and vows to fight on against the authorities. The protests continue."

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Narrator, Rachael Ofori.

Executive producers, David Henshaw, Evan Williams.

Producer, Gesbeen Mohammad.

Filmed, directed and produced by Robin Barnwell.

Copyright 2020, Hardcash Productions, EWP.

Distributed by Entertainment One.

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