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This is a film of highs and lows; there is no middle ground, no moment of silence, reflection, or introspection. It's like watching a prospective candidate give a mannered and rehearsed 80-minute speech on the campaign trail.
A stirring ode to the power of the individual in a society that values conformity over individuality.
Joe Piscatella, the director, dives in immediately to set a speedy pace. He also provides a quick summary of Hong Kong's recent history, and looks to the future.
Capturing every key moment with ... immediacy and tension ... director Piscatella maintains an engaging grip on his unassuming subject's ascendancy.
A rousing documentary on a youth movement against, essentially, educational brainwashing.
Wherever adults talk to kids about "making a difference," this documentary should be shown.
Once you realize Joshua Wong is a tough egg to crack, this straightforward yet comprehensive chronicle of his triumphs is more than engrossing enough.
While the results of the movement are a foregone conclusion, it's hard not to admire the courage of Wong and his group of friends.
Docu shows brave teen taking on oppressive government.
A remarkable story of David vs. Goliath come to life. Important and inspiring for these times, to see that even in the face of overwhelming odds, everyday teenagers made change possible by forcing one of the mightiest nations on the planet to take notice.
Teenager vs Superpower does a solid job of contextualising this larger ideological battle, with talking heads and archive footage, but it's always clear that the focus here is Wong.
It's amazing and heartening to see people coming together peacefully, cooperatively, and above all, effectively.
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