Remembering the losers: The hopeful politics of memory in Raise the Umbrellas 撐傘

Jason G. Coe

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This article examines how the documentary film Raise the Umbrellas (Evans Chan 2016) enacts a more democratic form of collective memory that generates a politics of hope by remembering the failed 2014 Umbrella Movement for universal suffrage. I argue that the documentary engages in democratic remembering by taking an agonistic and pluralist view of the movement, emphasizing the intersubjective and recursive circulation of collective memories of the event and poeticizing the failure of the movement. Through aesthetic commemoration that emphasizes the value of failed political resistance, the film generates hope – the most basic and fundamental requirement for democratization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-256
Number of pages16
JournalAsian Cinema
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hong Kong documentary
  • Evans Chan
  • Umbrella Movement
  • cultural memory
  • democracy
  • Hong Kong protests


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