Chan Tze Woon 陳梓桓

Chan Tze Woon is a Hong Kong-based director and writer. Born 1987 and raised in this city, his debut feature-length documentary Yellowing (2016) examined the Umbrella Movement, a large-scale civil occupation in 2014. This documentary explored Hong Kong’s fraught relationship with mainland China. It won the Shinsuke Ogawa Prize at the 2017 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2016 Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards.

Chan’s first two short films, The Aqueous Truth (2013) and Being Rain: Representation and Will (2014), both broached the subject of Hong Kong’s political situation by means of conspiracy plots and the mockumentary form.

Blue Island (2022) is Chan’s second feature-length film. The film documents three real-life characters who engaged in rebellions when they were young. Through reconstructing these events, the film dram- atises their scarred memories and experiences by using four young people who participated in the 2019 Movement in Hong Kong.

The film will premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2022.

Chan Tze Woon is collaborating on the I Become a Question For You project.