In the summer of 2019, two million Hong Kong citizens took to the streets, put on masks and dressed in black to protest the controversial Extradition Bill. Fearful that their personal freedoms would be taken away by an encroaching authoritarian government, these protests both inspired the world to witness and respond to the crisis. And yet the efficacy of their movement has been challenged, as Hong Kong’s political status remains precarious.
FACELESS is a daring documentary that follows four people in an effort to look underneath the masks and create a diverse understanding of the protests from the perspectives of the protestors. Directed by journalist Jennifer Ngo, this feature-length film focuses on four people in particular: the Artist concerned about the Hong Kong LGBTQ+ community’s future, the Student on the cusp of graduation, the Believer who advocates for non-violent resistance, and the loving Daughter of a police officer. Ngo’s tour-de-force documentary is more pertinent than ever in a time when freedom and democracy has never been so fragile.