Press Release: For immediate release
Johua Wong, 黃之鋒, one of the student leaders of Hong Kong's
Umbrella Movement 香港雨傘
運動will be visiting Southern California under the invitation of
students and faculty members of a number of universities.
The first stop for Joshua Wong is University of Southern
California on Friday, February 20.
as one of TIME Magazine's Most Influential Teenager of 2014
and nominated for TIME Magazine's 2014 Person of the Year,
Joshua Wong was propelled into international attention during
Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement when his arrest and the
police's use of pepper spray against the non-violent
protesters galvanized the citizens of Hong Kong in demanding
the right to nominate and elect the chief executive of Hong
The film, Lessons in Dissent, will be shown followed
by Q&A with Joshua Wong and with Matthew Torne, the film's
The film is a vivid portrait of Hong Kong's young
generation who demand to forge their own future in Hong Kong.
Before the Umbrella Movement of 2014, in 2012, 15 year old
Joshua Wong led a campaign group of high school students,
Scholarism, to oppose the government's introduction of
brainwashing via a "National Education" program with the slogan,
"I want independent thinking, not brainwashing". 17 year
old Ma Jai 馬雲祺 , quit school to join a
pro-democracy political party 社民連 in
support of a candidate for the legislature to push for political
Filmed over 18 months, the film is a study of the passion,
sweat and tears of the struggles of Hong Kong's youth, knowing
that their fight is now, before Hong Kong completely loses its
status of "One Country, Two Systems" in 2047.
To attend the film screening and meet with Joshua
Wong, please visit
The public is invited.
For information: Ann Lau, Visual Artists Guild 310-433-0697