|12/10 (Fri)||7:30 pm||Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum|
|20/10 (Sat)||7:30 pm||Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum*|
*Q&A session with director
Taiwan / 2018 / 25 min
In Mandarin with Chi & Eng Sub
Julie is the mother of one of the victims from Taiwan's water park and colour party tragedy. To help fulfil her son's dream to be a chef, she opened a snack shop. In hopes to seek justice for the families of other victims, she took to the streets, demanding an apology from the government.
Zoe Kang is a cameraperson and now works as a documentary filmmaker. She is the cinematographer of Let's Fall in Love 2, Bank in School and A Decision. Confronts is her debut documentary.
In the summer of 2015, a powder explosion occurred at the Formosa Fun Coast park in New Taipei, Taiwan. The powder caught on fire which led to the explosion and started a fire, resulting in 15 deaths and more than 500 injuries. Formosa Fun Coast park was ordered to close indefinitely following the explosion.
As the event was drawing to an end that night, event staff began to blow coloured powder into the air. The powder and oxygen in air formed a suspended combustible powder cloud. There are also many sources of ignition in the area such as cigarette butts, lighters and stage lights, causing the explosion. Aside from Taiwanese participants, there were also people from Hong Kong, Macau and China. All victims were between 18 and 30 years old, most were suffering from conditions such as dehydration, shock, organ failure and sepsis caused by second to third degree burns.
The court decision of the Taiwan Court and the government's response following the incident were both controversial. Major controversies surround the decision to close the park indefinitely, if the government should compensate families with casualties and if the event organisers' sentences are too light. However, aside from facing health issues, the injured also have to face criticism from others, such as “they themselves are the ones to blame” and that they are “plunging society into misery by being too obsessive with the incident”.
Screenings at the Hong Kong Space Museum will be available at URBTIX from 7 September.
Ticket Price: $70 / $50*
*Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients
Tel: 2540 7859