Hong Kong International Documentary Festival 2020

Press Release

23rd October,2020

Hong Kong International Documentary Festival 2020

The Hong Kong International Documentary Festival 2020 (HKIDF 2020) hosted by Visible Record will open on November 20. Formerly known as the Chinese Documentary Festival, it was launched in 2008 and has been held annually in the past 11 years. In a move to further bolster the promotion of the art of documentary, the Festival expanded its scope last year and became an International Documentary Festival that showcases outstanding works from around the world.  A new element in this year's Festival is the 'International Doc Competition', in which a wide selection of overseas films will be screened, promising another year of unforgettable cinematic moments for the audience.

This year, the Festival received more than 2,000 entries from over 110 countries. After several rounds of selection, 34 documentaries from 21 countries are chosen. The programme is divided into four segments, including the 'International Doc Competition', 'Chinese Doc Competition', 'International Selection' and 'Hong Kong Selection'

International Doc Competition

The International Doc Competition features 12 films from 10 countries, such as France, Russia, Israel, Iran, Argentina, Indonesia and Japan. They include: African Bride which portrays the hedonistic lifestyle of a retired Caucasian man who moved to Africa and the troubles with his African conquests; Of Land and Bread, which shows us what life is like for Palestinian civilians living under Israeli Occupation; Around the Bed of a Dying Collaborator, which follows the last days of a Palestinian who betrayed his fellowmen; Formerly Youth Square, an Iranian female journalist's self-reflection on the challenges and adversities faced by the local media; Help is on the Way, which explores the unpredictable life of Indonesian women working overseas as domestic workers; Map of Latin American Dreams, a film by an Argentinian photographer who spent decades filming Latin Americans and their dreams; also from Argentina but filmed in a hospital, Mother-Child which quietly observes the plight of female patients suffering from both sexual violence and religious doctrine; Hey! Teachers! from Russia where two young Russian teachers are torn between the harsh reality and their high ideals; Transparent World, which sees a Georgian father trying to educate his mentally handicapped son in filmmaking; Hôtel-Régina, documenting the transformation of a luxurious hotel into a budget motel and its last days; CELL 364, a reminiscence of a former political inmate and My Theatre, chronicling how a Japanese elderly man dedicated his whole life to preserving a hundred-year-old theatre.

Chinese Doc Competition

The Chinese Doc Competition features 10 films, including five from mainland China, three from Taiwan and two from Hong Kong. Films from the Mainland include: Blank Canvas, whereby the director uses her own film to encourage her father, now recovering from a stroke, to paint again; Heaven Can Wait, which follows a mother's difficult quest for truth behind her daughter's rape and murder; Uncle Guo's DreamWorks, a study of  the ‘Art Exam Training’ in the Mainland; The Chinese Plaster, which explores the heritage of traditional medicine making; and The Old Barber,  which succinctly looks at the life of a handicapped barber. From Taiwan, the films include:  A Decision, which examines the dilemma of life and death for paralysed patients; Ah Ying: The Extraordinary, where a hawker is bent on pursuing justice using her self-taught legal knowledge; Đặng Tú Trinh, which illustrates an overseas Vietnamese bride trying to make the best out of life. Finally, from Hong Kong, the two films are: Comrades, a short documentary about last year's social movement and In Want of a Mask, which depicts the scramble for masks by seniors at the start of the year. 

International Selection

Apart from the International Doc Competition,  the International Selection will feature nine outstanding works from nine countries: Madness in Aleppo is a record of harrowing atrocities of Syria's bombing; Gevar's Land offers a glimpse of the life of a Syrian refugee in France; Zeinab on the Scooter follows the quest for independence of a Muslim Lebanese woman; A Mom for Julia is a film about three Russian women who became ‘mum’ to a young girl; Ukraine's Birthmark  explores the relationship between the director and her mentally disturbed mother; Tanda is a portrait of the uncommon patrons of a Bulgarian Tango club; Glitter and Dust showcases several American girls fearlessly competing in the Rodeo sport; Brazil's Babenco: Tell Me When I Die captures the final hours of Babenco, the director of the famed Kiss of the Spider Woman; and from Sweden, in Criteria of Rape, the victim probes the deep seated injustice in sexual violence cases.

Hong Kong Selection

The three Hong Kong films which will be presented this year include: Floating Mushroom, a film about the last days of the traditional food stalls in housing estates; A Hong Kong Famer's Lot, a sketch of the life of a farmer in Hong Kong; and Consciously Unconscious, which explores the creative ideals behind every artist.


Festival Details

Date: 20th November to 9th December, 2020


1. MOViE MOViE Cityplaza (5/F Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Hong Kong)

2. PREMIERE ELEMENTS (2/F, ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon)

3. MOViE MOViE Pacific Place (Level 1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway Road, Hong Kong Island)


Tickets will be available at screening venue and the Broadway Cinema Website from 23 October.

Ticket Price: $75 / $55*

*Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients.

Discount Schemes

bc VIP and MOViE MOViE (MM) 20% discount members

Special Discount

Fleurs des Lettres subscribers 20% discount*

1. The discount schemes are applicable to regular-priced tickets only.

2. Please provide proof of Fleurs des Lettres subscription upon purchasing ticket.

3. The discount scheme of Fleurs des Lettres subscribers only available for purchase via box office counter.


Media Contact: Augustine Lam

Tel: 9770 6655 / 2540 7855            Whatsapp: 9770 6655

Email: visiblerecord@gmail.com

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