Never Rest/Unrest

Tiffany Sia

2020 | 00:28:32 | Hong Kong SAR China | Chinese, English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | Video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Activism, City, Crime or Violence, Documentary, Politics, The State, Surveillance

Never Rest/Unrest is a hand-held short film about the relentless political actions in Hong Kong, spanning early summer to late 2019. The experimental short is an adaptation of the artist's practice of scaling oral history, utilizing the vertical 16:9 aspect ratio as a vernacular form. Never Rest/Unrest takes up the provocation of Julio Garcia Espinosa's "Imperfect Cinema" on the potential for filmmaking that aims towards an urgent, process-driven cinema. Dominant narratives of crisis pushed by news journalism are resisted. Instead, crisis poses ambiguous, anachronistic and often banal time. Subtitles are intentionally omitted as a means of interrogating the cultural proximity or distance of the viewer from Hong Kong.

English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

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Prizes + Awards

George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award, 2021



Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Exhibitions + Festivals

Signals: How Video Transformed The World, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2023

Flaherty Film Seminar, 2020

Slippery When Wet, Artists Space, New York, 2021

San Diego Asian Film Festival, 2021

MoMA Documentary Fortnight, 2020

Prismatic Ground, New York, 2020