McDull and his mother may be animated pigs, but their lives are those of working class Hong Kong residents. The film is a charming, involving picture that epitomizes the irrepressible and happy-go-lucky spirit of Hong Kong.
One of the most celebrated and influential comic book artists in all of Asia, Chen Uen drew influence from Chinese ink and western-style painting, wuxia films, and the world around him. He crafted a signature style, one that he adapted across art forms including video games and puppet shows. A series of emotional interviews are combined with a stunning visual showcase of his work to present an intimate portrait of a monumental talent, his evolution across different media, and his enduring legacy.
Screenings & Events
Wed, Sep 7 @ 6:30pm CDT
at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago
Free tickets available to claim starting August 22 or available at the door (subject to availability).
In-person post-screening discussion with Professor Wenhwa Ts’ao, Columbia College Chicago.
Post-screening discussion presented by:
Livestream Filmmaker Q&A:
With director Ray Yeung
By the time taxi driver Pak and retired single father Hoi meet, both men have long since left behind their days of youth. Diligent providers, they take great pride in the families they have raised, but in their brief initial encounter, the two men sense they share a special bond. Their budding, if hesitant, friendship unleashes a torrent of feelings that they’ve taken great pains to repress, and as each casts back over their personal histories, the promise of a loving future together takes hold. Queer filmmaker and Chicago International Film Festival alum Ray Yeung’s (Front Cover) sanguine, moving tale celebrates the possibilities of finding romance and true connection at any age.
“Strong performances by veterans Tai Bo and Ben Yuen make the protagonists’ struggle concrete and affecting.”
Personal, political, philosophical, and emotional, this collection of films showcases the very best in documentary form—from essayistic meditations to vérité assemblages and deeply-felt human portraits. Featuring works by Kanas Liu, Jamie Meltzer and Chris Filippone, Katarzyna Warzecha, Carmine Grimaldi, Erica Beebe, and Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner and Michael Stumpf.
Shot on the streets of Hong Kong during the 2019 Extradition Bill protests, Comrades (Hong Kong) is a moving portrait of uprising and solidarity. Huntsville Station (U.S.) observes the comings and goings of a Greyhound station near Huntsville State Penitentiary—the first stop for inmates released on parole. Sifting through old letters between his parents, Adam uncovers an extraordinary family secret in the emotional animated We Have One Heart (Poland). Profiling a pastor, his wife, and a dwindling congregation, When Two or Three (U.S.) is a picture of faith and the search for God in small-town Arizona. Radia (UK) is a shepherd and farmer whose childhood and circumstances prevented her from access to education. The film is an urgent observation about prescriptive fate, agency, and determination. How to Disappear (Austria) contemplates the act of desertion within the world of a videogame.
Shot on the streets of Hong Kong during the 2019 Extradition Bill protests, Comrades is a moving portrait of uprising and solidarity.
Women in Cinema Program Sponsor
John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation
Documentary Program Sponsor