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Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative HistoriesThe Cinema of Evans Chan$
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Tony Williams

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208166

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.001.0001

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Issues of Decolonization

Issues of Decolonization

Two Essay Documentaries by Evans Chan

(p.57) Chapter Six Issues of Decolonization
Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories

Tony Williams

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines two essay documentaries dealing with issues of decolonization affecting Hong Kong and Macao. They are considered as examples of the director’s type of interrogative cinema. Despite official celebratory discourses surrounding the return of sovereignty of the two former colonies to the Mainland China, the actual process revealed a particular identity crisis manifested on artistic, geographical, and political levels that no one definition could adequately express. Journey to Beijing emotionally presents a quest for equilibrium and tranquility of the self in face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Interviews with various participants on the walk to Beijing reveal a varied but cohesive set of voices concerning the 1997 reunification. Evans Chan’s distinctive approach to essay film is also very much in evidence in the more modest Adeus Macao.

Keywords:   Evans Chan, Decolonization, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Portugal, essay film, documentary

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