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Kam Louie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028412

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.001.0001

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Hong Kong Watcher: Tammy Cheung and the Hong Kong Documentary*

Hong Kong Watcher: Tammy Cheung and the Hong Kong Documentary*

(p.212) (p.213) 12 Hong Kong Watcher: Tammy Cheung and the Hong Kong Documentary*
Hong Kong Culture
Kam Louie
Hong Kong University Press

Tammy Cheung is a prominent member of Hong Kong's independent filmmaking community, and possibly the city's only full-time independent documentarian at the time of writing. As such, she is an example of just how much—and how little—Hong Kong's culture has changed over the last decade or so. This chapter analyzes Cheung's career and films within this larger framework, with a focus on Hong Kong's screen culture, and particularly its independent documentary culture. She has made a series of video films over the last decade that manifest not only a persistent interest in uncontrolled documentary, but also a tendency to stimulate public debate. Her first work, Invisible Women, was made in 1999 and focused on the lives of three Indian women living in Hong Kong. It is the combination of the observational mode and her focus on Hong Kong that leads this chapter to state that Cheung is a “Hong Kong watcher.”

Keywords:   Tammy Cheung, Hong Kong, independent filmmaking, documentary, Invisible Women, observational mode, Hong Kong watcher

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