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From The dGenerate Films Collection
Inside the Red Brick Wall

A film by Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers

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Included on the same DVD as TAKING BACK THE LEGISLATURE.

In 2019, the world was captivated by pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Demonstrators, many with colorful umbrellas, faced teargas and rubber bullets for calling to an end to increasing Chinese control of Hong Kong.

INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL takes us into the heart of one of these protests: the two-week occupation and siege of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Filmed by an anonymous collective, the film captures the cat-and-mouse game played by protesters and police in the early days of the siege, followed by days filled with hopelessness and desperation, as the demonstrators attempt to escape without being arrested and brutalized.

Wearing gas masks and construction hardhats or bike helmets, their faces blurred by the filmmakers, protesters deal with fatigue, dwindling supplies, and arguments over strategy. Some medics and journalists decide to walk out. Others make a break for it and are chased down and beaten by police. Those left behind face a dilemma. Should they fight their way out? Wait for support from protesters outside? Or leave surreptitiously through sewers? Matters are complicated when a group claiming to be high-school principals turns up, encouraging those under 18 to surrender and promising them safe passage. Just whose interests do they represent?

INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL is remarkable as a document of the siege and the government’s response—but also for its stunning visuals including protesters in gas masks asleep on concrete steps, smashed plate-glass windows and graffiti reading “Liberty or Death” behind them; clothes and hardhats arranged on the ground to spell out “SOS”; and a young woman leaning, exhausted, against a wall of tiles recognizing university donors. Made without commentary, INSIDE THE RED BRICK WALL captures the urgency and chaos of the protests.

This film is a companion to TAKING BACK THE LEGISLATURE, made by the same anonymous collective.

“Viewers can feel like they are getting an unrestricted look into what really happened during those days by being placed directly in the midst of the protests through brilliant footage and an intensely personal look at the trauma experienced by those protesting.” —Vox Magazine

“Setting a new standard for immediacy and intensity in current affairs reportage, Inside the Red Brick Wall is a vividly powerful account of the November 2019 siege of Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University during the protests against Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill.” —Screen Daily

“Powerful. Immerses the viewer in the burning fury of rage, doubt, and fear that the protests evoked. [Illuminates] the frontiers of documentary filmmaking and its ethics today.” —Film Quarterly

Best Editing for Feature-Length Documentary, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, IDFA
Best Film, The 27th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
Doc Fortnight 2021: MoMA’s Festival of International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media
Cinéma du réel - 43rd International Festival of Documentary Film
Grand Prize, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2021
DocsBarcelona - International Documentary Film Festival
Opening film, Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2021
The 61st Krakow Film Festival
JeonJu International Film Festival 2021

88 minutes / Color
/ English subtitles
Release: 2021
Copyright: 2020

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
dGenerate Films Collection - Documentaries, China, Comparative Government, Social Movements

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