We Are Alive

Yau Ching

2013, 101:00 minutes, colour/B&W, Cantonese and Japanese with English subtitles


We Are Alive documents an experimental process of conducting media workshops in juvenile detention centers in Hong Kong, Macau and Sapporo, Japan. The teenagers use very basic media equipment to express their fears and uncensored desires and try to re-imagine their lives as meaningful despite all odds, in a deadpan style and with constant references to popular culture they thrive on. This documentary allows us to not only gain a fresh understanding of these jailed teens’ fascinating life stories told from their unique perspectives and in their own languages full of playfulness and frustration but also captivates its viewers in a prison-like visual experience for us to emotionally and psychologically relate to them. This video pushes its audience to reflect upon the impossibly contradictory environments our youths experience growing up today, the groundwork which makes up what we call "modern civility", and the ways in which we have been, are, and could be alive.

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