For how long will the peaceful protests in Tibet last? Will the protests in Hong Kong escalate further or will the movement eventually fade out? Could a compromise with China be made in the two areas?
The Uppsala Association of Foreign Affairs invites you to a day aimed to shed light on the current situations in Tibet and Hong Kong. During the day at Fredens Hus (in the Uppsala Castle) there will be several film screenings and panel discussions, where the audience also will have a chance to participate.
In September to mid-December 2014, a pro-democracy civil disobedience occupation- known as the Umbrella Movement- took place in Hong Kong. The yellow umbrella became the symbol of resistance against the Hong Kong government and Hongkongers' demands for genuine universal suffrage and open elections. At the same time, in Tibet, the Hong Kong protests were closely followed and many felt that they could relate to the evoked issues of increased Chinese interference and the broken promises by the Chinese Government. In Beijing, on the other hand, both the Umbrella Movement and the Tibetan unrest in 2008 have been called riots with the purpose of creating chaos and separation in China. As a means of non-violent protest since 2009, c.a. 140 Tibetans have set themselves alight across the Tibetan Plateau.
Seats: Limited, so be there on time
Fika: Yes (only cash will be accepted)
Program of the day (observe that the times within a session are approximate so make sure to be there when a session starts):
Session 1: Tibet
13:00 – Film: The Burning Question (30min)
13:35 – Break (10 min.)
13:45 – Panel discussion with Dhondup, Vice president of the Tibetan community in Sweden and Katrin Goldstein-Kyaga, Professor and author of several books about Tibet.
14:40 – Film: Meltdown in Tibet (12min)
15:00 – Break.
Session 2: Hong Kong
15:30 – Film – “6th March” (30min)
16:10 – Panel discussion with Petra Lindberg, president of Supporting Human Rights in China (SHRIC), Hang Kei Ho, postdoctoral researcher in social and economic geography and Joyce Chan, student in Development Studies.
19:30 – Film – “On the edge of a floating city, We sing” (120 min)
【The Burning Question】by the Central Tibetan Administration
The 30-minute film depicts factual accounts of the spate of tragic self-immolations by Tibetans inside Tibet from 2009 till date. The film puts spotlight on the underlying causes that are pushing an increasing number of Tibetans to set themselves on fire.
【Meltdown in Tibet 】by Michael Buckley
The film raises some disturbing questions about a looming eco-disaster. If Himalayan glaciers vanish, what will happen to the rivers of Tibet? What is the fate of people in nations downstream that depend on those rivers? Why is China building so many large dams on the Tibetan Plateau?
【6th March】by Wong Chun
On 6th March 2011, 113 protesters in Hong Kong were arrested for "Unlawful Assembly" after they stormed the traffic lanes of Central during a demonstration against the budget proposal. This film shows the interaction between three protesters and three police officers, six people with different political views sitting around the table.
【On the edge of a floating city, We sing】by Anson Mak
Hong Kong is called many things, but "musical" is rarely, if ever, among them. Mak's semi-experimental documentary looks at a handful of local musicians who are actively forging creative havens in the city's most unexpected corners, from old dai pai dongs to major tourist hubs to childhood neighbourhoods. Mak explores social and political issues in the context of the physical space, contrasts the subjective with the objective, and proves that the city indeed has a vibrant indie music scene.