Shout-out for HK protesters by Oscars docu winners

Monday, April 26, 2021

Protesters in Hong Kong are not forgotten, an Oscars-winning filmmaker said after his documentary beat one about Hong Kong's unrest in 2019.

Colette, a documentary released by British news media The Guardian, won the top prize for the 93rd Oscars’ best documentary short subject category yesterday.

Anthony Giacchino, the writer and director of the documentary, took the award on stage and paid tribute to four other nominated short documentaries including “Do Not Split” that is set in Hong Kong.

“I think that same power of documentary storytelling is going to ensure the memory of courage and resilience of Latasha Harlins, Horace Bowers, the innocent children of Yemen and the protesters of Hong Kong are not forgotten,” said Giacchino.

“I mean that’s why we do this, that’s why we make these films,” Giacchino added. “Thank you, we are grateful that these stories and these individuals have been honored tonight.”

The award winning documentary is about a former French resistance member, Colette Marin-Catherine, visiting the concentration camp in Germany where her brother was murdered during war.

This year’s Oscars was not broadcasted in Hong Kong as free-to-air broadcaster, TVB did not pursue the broadcasting rights of the event due to “commercial reasons”. NowTV, ViuTV, Cable TV or Open TV also did not get the rights.

However, snippets of it can be found on various Youtube channels. 

“Congrats! And thank you for supporting Hong Kong!” citing a top comment that received more than 40 likes from a Youtube video of Giacchino and Colette’s film’s producer Alice Doyard accepting the award.

Giacchino’s latest twitter post is also filled with words of congrats and thanks for “speaking up for Hongkongers”.