In the experimental film, Twelve Hundred Miles (2015), I juxtapose scenes of Hong Kong and Beijing shot in 2014. It exhibits my perspective as a foreign postgraduate student who is faced with a strong need to understand the intricacies within 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. The film consciously suspends the adversarial attitude between the two to allow the collective unconscious - invoked by cinematic visualizations of culture and history - to present alternative and more inspired ways of understanding.

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  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.