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鐵怒沿線－菜園紀事／鐵怒沿線—蓽路藍縷（Raging Land : A Record of Choi Yuen Village / Raging Land: Breaking new ground through Thorns and Thistles）
Time：17:00〜鐵怒沿線－菜園紀事 Raging Land : A Record of Choi Yuen Village
19:00〜鐵怒沿線—蓽路藍縷 Raging Land: Breaking new ground through Thorns and Thistles
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Raging Land : A Record of Choi Yuen Village
2009 / 香港 / DVD / 80分鐘 / 彩色
Produced By : v-artivist, Supporting Group of Choi Yuen Village
In Cantonese with Chinese and English Subtitles
2009 / Hong Kong / DVD / 80min / Colour
This is a film about Choi Yuen Village which recorded villagers’ life between summer and autumn in 2009. New elements are slipping into their lives: meetings every week, guided tours with many visitors pouring into the village, petitions, demonstrations and government consultations which genuineness is in doubt. All of a sudden they need to tell “stories” of their life in the village of the past fifty years, and also the meaning of their life. The ever fixed conception of fiercer demonstration equals to wanting more money seems shakened. The long lost phrase “agriculture” also reappeared in the eyes of Hong Kong people. (After the end of the timeline shown in this film follows the climax of the anti-expressrail movement around the Legislative Council)
Sadder still, the building of the expressrail is on the move. Between spring and summer in 2010, villagers move towards rebuilding the village with great difficulty. They face soaring land prices finding a new place for the village, they need to negotiate with the government everyday to try to get the license of rebuilding their home. Buying land, planning, building of infrastructure, processing of farm product are all problems villagers need to solve on their own. Public now have a false perception that the government has given them a huge sum of compensation and has planned everything for them. All their efforts from insisting on not leaving to rebuilding their homes are to live the way they want and protect their living standard. They want to live and farm in the same place, they want to live with their extended family, they want to live with their pets, they want their elderly to have a better live.
What is going to bear the weight of this passion to life and to the land?
Raging Land: Breaking new ground through Thorns and Thistles
Produced By: v-artivist, Supporting Group of Choi Yuen Village
In Cantonese and English subtitles
Choi Yuen Village, a village threatened by the Expressrail. In 2009 villagers went through countless demonstrations and petitions, which triggered the Anti-expressrail movement at the end of 2009. Thousands of citizens surrounded the Legco to stop the budget from passing; all villagers only wanted their village to survive. In early spring 2010, the budget finally passed. The following Chinese New Year was not easy for the villagers, they had to decide whether they want to abandon the old village or not. At last, they come to the conclusion to accept the offer of land rehabilitation scheme and rebuild a new village together.
In March, Choi Yuen Eco-community Building Studio was founded in assistance of building of the new village. Villagers and volunteers went on searching for land in Pat Heung together. For the time being, the struggle was not over, villagers still need to fight for the qualification of the rehabilitation scheme, which meant they needed to prove they are farmers. Finding of new land, planning the future new village together, all needed the hard work of the villagers. People in the general public still misunderstood the situation of the villagers, always thought they got a lot of compensation, the government would
buy the land and build the new village for them, etc. All these bitter-sweet moments, all the hardship and quarrels and all the
emotions of the villagers, they were all in for continuing their original life style.
The Longan Trees that didn’t bear any fruits in 2009 blossomed and fruited lavishly in 2010. In this difficult time, what can keep villagers go together all the way long?