Film still from “Ballad on the Shore”

Film still from “Ballad on the Shore”

Film
Sundays for Hong Kong

Ballad on the Shore

Documentary film, HK 2017, DCP
Directed by Ma Chi-Hang

The narrative of Hong Kong history always opens with the picture of a fishing village. Yet the memory of such melodies has faded on the shore.

  • 113 min
  • In Cantonese with English subtitles

The fishermen’s ballads ride the sound of waves in their free and monotonous form. The protagonist, one of the few surviving Hong Kong fishermen who sing these ballads, was born before the war. None of his children chose a life on the sea, nor are they at all aware that their father sings. This documentary follows the old fisherman over a period of four years. Director Ma Chi-Hang asks: If the fishing village marks the beginning of Hong Kong, has it come to an end?

The free harbour has gone through periods like British Colony and the handover to China. The call for direct democracy is getting louder and louder. What is Hong Kong and what is local? In the landscape of identity discourse and metropolitan life, who now sings the fishing ballads?

Ballad on the Shore

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