Following the nomination of Hong Kong pro-democracy activist documentary DO NOT SPLIT, China will reportedly censor coverage of the Oscars®
|NOMINATED FOR THE 93rd ACADEMY AWARDS® BEST DOCUMENTARY – SHORT SUBJECTDirected and Produced by Anders Hammer Produced by Charlotte Cook Following the nomination of Hong Kong pro-democracy activist documentary DO NOT SPLIT, China will reportedly censor coverage of the Oscars®Bloomberg as well as numerous local and international news outlets report the order came from the propaganda department of the Chinese Communist Party, instructing Chinese media to selectively report on “non-controversial” awards, and that they should not broadcast the ceremony live.|
DO NOT SPLIT takes us within the heart of the 2019/2020 Hong Kong protests, capturing the determination and sacrifices of the city’s youth as their movement becomes symbolic for a generation’s rebellion against the political system. Anders Hammer’s powerful film paints a nuanced and sobering picture of the challenges faced by the protestors, joining student leaders and protestors on the ground to give an expansive and first-hand portrait of the unrest prompted by the passage of the new Beijing-backed national security law.
DO NOT SPLIT Director and Producer Anders Hammer and Producer Charlotte Cook from Field of Vision have released the following statements:
“Beijing’s encroachment on Hong Kong’s civil liberties is the main theme of our documentary Do Not Split. This alleged censoring of the Oscars due to our documentary being nominated is unfortunately not a big surprise after witnessing how freedom of speech and freedom of press is being drastically curtailed in Hong Kong. Sadly the situation there is deteriorating right now, and we see activists and pro-democracy politicians risking many years in prison charged under the new draconian national security law.”– Director and Producer Anders Hammer
“Field of Vision has a commitment to tell vital stories from around the world, and to challenge unjust power structures We are so proud to have made Do Not Split as it exemplifies both. It is important for the world to know about the erosion of liberties happening in Hong Kong, and any form of censorship only furthers the case for how crucial it is that this story, and the past, current and future events in Hong Kong, are being told as widely as possible.”– Producer Charlotte Cook, Field of Vision
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Filmed across an entire year, DO NOT SPLIT takes us within the heart of the 2019 Hong Kong protests, capturing the determination and sacrifices of the city’s youth as their movement becomes symbolic for a generation’s rebellion against the political systems of two governments.
Armed with umbrellas, gas masks, social media, and sheer determination, the protestors risk their lives, safety, and futures against the police’s tear gas, armed vehicles, and violence. Anders Hammer’s powerful film paints a nuanced and sobering picture of the challenges faced by the protestors, joining student leaders and protestors on the ground to give an expansive and first-hand portrait of the unrest that prompted a government’s backlash, the passage of the new Beijing-backed national security law, and captured the attention of the world.
DO NOT SPLIT premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; screened at CPH:DOX, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, SFFILM’s Doc Stories, Meet the Press Film Festival at AFI, and Indy Shorts International Film Festival; and received the AFI DOCS Short Film Special Jury Prize and Special Jury Recognition for Courage Under Fire at DOC NYC.
ABOUT ANDERS HAMMERAnders Hammer has filmed and directed the documentary Do Not Split which takes us within the heart of the Hong Kong protests that started in the summer of 2019. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received the Special Jury Prize at AFI DOCS and Special Jury Recognition for Courage under Fire at DOC NYC.
Hammer directed the documentary series Our Allies for Field of Vision. He also directed and produced Escape from Syria: Rania’s Odyssey, which was published by The Guardian and won a Webby Award and a One World Media Award for Best Refugee Reporting in 2018. The documentary went viral and gained more than 10 million views and 100,000 shares in social media. Hammer is one of the directors of the documentary Exit Afghanistan published by Netflix. He has directed seven documentaries for the Norwegian investigative journalism program NRK Brennpunkt and many short documentaries. Hammer lived and worked in Afghanistan for six years and has written four documentary books about the country, one of them together with the Danish author Carsten Jensen. In Norway, where Hammer was born in 1977, he has received the Fritt Ord Award (which is given in support of freedom of expression), the International Reporter’s Journalism Award and the Big Journalist Award. ABOUT FIELD OF VISIONFounded in 2015, Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven visual journalism and documentary unit that commissions and supports filmmakers and artists with developing and ongoing stories around the globe. Recent projects have included the Oscar®-winning feature American Factory, the Oscar®-nominated features Strong Island; Hale County This Morning, This Evening; and Oscar®-nominated shorts A Night At The Garden,and In The Absence, as well as the Oscar Shortlisted MLK/FBI, Emmy-winning feature Crime + Punishment, and Emmy-nominated feature The Surrender. Field of Vision has an ongoing commitment supporting innovation and diversity and as such 54% of Field of Vision-supported films have been directed by women and 43% by filmmakers of color. Since its foundation Field of Vision has commissioned, produced and/or supported more than 45 features, 5 episodic series, and 85 short films. This work has premiered at Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, and IDFA, among many other festivals garnering numerous accolades and awards. An emphasis on short films has allowed Field of Vision to support fast responses to unfolding political moments in countries including Brazil, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, The Philippines, Russia, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, and Sudan.