La Salle Primary

Ho Tam

1998, 05:00 minutes, colour, English/Cantonese


In February 1998 I traveled back to Hong Kong to revisit my elementary school, La Salle Primary. Time has changed but there are still the same Chinese Catholic boys in school uniforms. The result of my journey is a video of self-discovery and a split analysis of the physicality and the psychicality of a place where I spent my formative years, shot on location at the school. Everything that I know began from there - lessons of prayer, discipline, oppression, fear, pleasure, tenderness, love, desire, and the loss of innocence.

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