Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower

2016 – 78 minutes.

Stirring documentary about a group of teenagers from Hong Kong who challenge China during the Umbrella Revolution. As China slowly but surely restricts civil and political freedoms in Hong Kong, the people take to the streets in overwhelming numbers. Led by 17-year-old Joshua Wong, the protesters encounter the authorities in an epic stand-off.

What happens when a 17-year-old schoolboy from Hong Kong decides it’s time to stand up to communist China? When that schoolboy is Joshua Wong, the authorities better buckle up.

When the British handed over Hong Kong to China after 150 years of colonial rule, a principle of ‘one country, two systems’ was agreed: Hong Kong would maintain a large degree of autonomy from China, keeping its rights and freedoms. But when China backtracks on its promises, Joshua Wong takes to the streets to protest. First on his own, but when his student organization Scholarism gathers increasing attention through social media, more and more people join.

The students get the authorities to withdraw their plans for repressive educational reforms. But then China insists on taking control of the electoral system, and this time, China put its foot down. The result is an epic stand-off between the authorities and the people of Hong Kong, with a teenager at the center of the action.

Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower has been selected for the Activist competition.

Credits

Subtitles
NL
Themes
Democracy and justice, Media en digital culture
Suitable for
havo/vwo bovenbouw
hbo/wo
mbo - niveau 1 & 2
mbo - niveau 3 & 4
vmbo b/k/t - vanaf leerjaar 4
Director
Joe Piscatella
Country
United States
Type
Documentary
Duration
78 minutes
Year
2016