Reminds me of a Sarah Kane quote: “To create something beautiful about despair, or out of a feeling of despair, is for me the most hopeful, life-affirming thing a person can do.”
As August had said, "This is not my place." All I can do is listen, listen to women talking, crying, fighting, leaving, knowing that they come from fear as much as from love, knowing that they are as disparate from each other as they are similar.
During the movie, I was reminded of lots of strong, independent female figures that I grew up seeing, my mom among them, and somehow that explains/justifies August's presence as a character (and maybe my talking): "Your mother would be proud." I hope she is, too.
As a native Chinese, I'm appreciative of all the footage, either censored or newly made, of a topic rarely brought up in where I came from. It's even more surprised to meet the unapologetic cigarette-smoking, fuck-saying QUEEN Christine Choy. I found it very intriguing for the film to juxtapose the political exiles past and present—especially with Choy showing the rare footage from some 30 years back—and to observe their reactions and lingering hopes for a country they still…