Documentary director’s struggle to find footage of Hong Kong’s 1967 riots exposes problems with archives
January 7, 2017
I would have to say this : at least it gets reported.
Documentary maker’s struggle to find footage of Hong Kong’s 1967 riots exposes problems with archives.
Lo reiterated the importance of having an archival law for the city, especially after she witnessed interviewees changing their account of the events which deviated from the government records decades after the riots.
“In the absence of an archival law, we would not know the government discussion behind the ‘umbrella movement’ or the controversy surrounding the Palace Museum,” she said, referring to the administration’s recent announcement to build a replica of the Forbidden City museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District," said Lo, the documentary filmmaker. Lo ended up relying on newspaper clippings and records of the UK Foreign Office.
“It wasn’t until I studied the records [from the UK] that I realised how many files went missing in the city’s archives,” said Lo.