Message to HK from documentary winner

Top News | Maisy Mok 27 Apr 2021

Hong Kong's protesters are not forgotten, an Oscar winner said after his documentary won over a short film on the 2019 civil unrest.

Colette, a documentary released by British news outlet The Guardian, won best documentary short subject at the Academy Awards yesterday.

Writer and director Anthony Giacchino paid tribute to the four other nominees, including Do Not Split, which is about the anti-fugitive bill protests.

"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," Giacchino sad.

Colette tells the story of former French resistance member Colette Marin-Catherine visiting the concentration camp in Germany where her brother was gassed in World War II.

This year's Oscars was not broadcast in Hong Kong as terrestrial giant TVB did not pursue the rights for the event due to "commercial reasons." NowTV, ViuTV, Cable TV and Open TV also did not get the rights to the broadcast.

Hongkongers who missed out on Hollywood's biggest night had to make do with snippets online.

"Congrats! And thank you for supporting Hong Kong!" said one commenter on a video of the speech given by Giacchino and producer Alice Doyard.

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