Joni Gutierrez, 2015

This experimental documentary juxtaposes scenes of Hong Kong and Beijing shot in 2014 and exhibits a perspective of a foreign graduate student faced with a strong need to understand the intricacies between Hong Kong and mainland China relations. Interacting with the poetry of Kristian Agustin, the HK-Beijing binary is made complex and nuanced by an interspersion of thematic photo-montages from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, Zhongshan, and Suzhou. It is not an advocacy film in a traditional sense, but a fluid artwork that is still in the process of searching not necessarily for answers, but holistic social engagement - a salient condition for the voicing out of opinion, not just for catharsis but a collective dealing with questions implicating notions of modernity, culture and history - if not closures and resolutions. It ignites/re-ignites passion and sparks debates, especially coming from those who are outside established traditional binaries.


  1. Screening of Twelve Hundred Miles/千里之外 (dir. Joni Gutierrez, 2015), followed by a presentation titled “Imaging the Umbrella Movement via Kracauerian Cinematic Realism” at “Images, Immersions, Investigations: A Forum on the Umbrella Movement” on 16 October 2015 at the Communication and Visual Arts Building, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR, China.
  2. Screening of Twelve Hundred Miles at “FACINE 22: The 22nd Annual Filipino International Cine Festival” on 24 October 2015 in San Francisco, California, USA.
  3. Screening of Twelve Hundred Miles followed by a Q&A session with the director at “Whose Voice? Theory & Practice: 5th International Postgraduate Conference” on 25 September 2015 at the Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China.
  4. Exhibition of Twelve Hundred Miles and talk by the filmmaker at the Koo Ming Kown Exhibition Gallery (part of the “Urban Exotic Dilemma” Exhibition) on 6 June 2015 and iCafe (part of the “Twelve Hundred Miles Apart” Exhibition) on 10-15 June 2015 at the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR, China.
  5. Faculty colloquium titled “Twelve Hundred Miles” that entailed a screening of Twelve Hundred Miles followed by a Q&A session with the director on 18 June 2015 at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, Quezon City, Philippines.