HKU team scoops gong for documentary

Local | Stanley Lam Aug 18, 2016
The story of a "gender-queer" won for a group of nine University of Hong Kong journalism students the top award in this year's TVB Inter-Collegiate Documentary Competition.

Eight tertiary institutions joined the third annual competition for the Grand Award and two commendation prizes. Each college was allowed HK$20,000 to produce a nine-minute TV documentary.

The HKU entry entitled Siu Fung showed how Siu Fung, born female, grew up identifying himself as "gender- queer" - instead of a transgender man - as he believes gender is a fluid concept rather than a dichotomy. Three years ago, the HKU graduate started bodybuilding to achieve his ideal physique rather than opt for surgery. But he has faced discrimination as he uses female changing rooms. The documentary illustrates how Siu, 26, handles social stigma and his family who hasn't accepted his gender.

Team representative Lung Fuk-yu, a second-year journalism undergraduate, said it was the first time for the team to produce a documentary and participate in a video competition, so she was very surprised to win the award. "Siu Fung's confidence in his body is what impacted me most," she said.

The commendation awards went to the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University. The Last Decade of Leprosy, from CUHK, tells the story of how leprosy patients living in a rehabilitation village in Guangdong support each other mentally and fight for their basic human rights.

Angels in the Dark, from Baptist U, reveals the stress faced by three caregivers for their mentally ill relatives, and the insufficiency of government support. TVB will air the eight documentaries on September 3.



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