Diasporama (Part 1): Dead Air

Yau Ching

1997, 87:00 minutes, colour, English


Diasporama (Part 1): Dead Air is an experimental documentary based on the personal experiences of people from the British Colony, Hong Kong, which is to revert to China on July 1, 1997. This program addresses some issues around the disasporic condition: the possibilities and limitations of trying to formulate an identity when it is constantly in flux, when home is the name of a particular place but is also lost. It seeks to express the frustrations and desires of an international diasporic community produced by different forms of colonialism.

The interviews were conducted in an atypical intimate manner, and the editing was designed to include the subjects' silences and dilemmas, although the mediation of the camera was constantly fore grounded. The program does not seek to separate the personal from the political and views the struggle of self-determination in one's sexuality as an essential part of one's political life.

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