Going to the people: Community screening, documentary and the plebeian public sphere in Hong Kong

Kit Fung Henry CHIU*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article is an ethnographic and historical study that focuses on the ‘plebeian public sphere’ – a democratic sphere opened up by the community screening of independent documentary films. My article argues that this innovative public screening establishes a mode of communication that connects audiences with the neighbourhood where people gather together and form local communities by sharing experience and emotion based on history, story and memory. This process evokes a source of affective energy that is capable of catalysing social change. It challenges not only previous theoretical approaches to the public sphere, but also the stereotypical understanding of ‘the public’ in the Hong Kong context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-224
Number of pages16
JournalAsian Cinema : A Publication of the Asian Cinema Studies Society
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Intellect Ltd Article. English language.

Keywords

  • affect
  • grassroots
  • Hong Kong identity
  • indie film
  • kaifong
  • public screening
  • public sphere
  • subordinate group

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