Directed by Matthew Torne, and filmed over 18 months, Lessons in Dissent is a portrait of a new generation of Hong Kong democracy activists. School boy Joshua Wong dedicates himself to stopping the introduction of National Education. His campaign begins to snowball when an interview goes viral on YouTube, and with the new school year fast approaching, a showdown with the government seems inevitable. Microphone in hand, and still in his school uniform, he leads 120,000 protesters into battle.
Meanwhile, former classmate Ma Jai fights against political oppression on the streets and in the courts. Having dropped out of school and dedicated himself to the social movement, he endures the persecution suffered by those not lucky enough to be protected by the media’s glare.
Lessons in Dissent will screen at 6 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. A panel with Torne and Department of Sociology professor Michael Goodhart will follow. The event is free and open to the public.