ABC Africa

  • Dir: Abbas Kiarostami

  • Iran, 2001, 84min, D-beta

In 2001, the director was invited by the UN to spend 10 days in Uganda, filming children orphaned by AIDS. What could have been a cliche, poverty-exploiting documentary is transformed into trademark Kiarostami: a peek into the world of children, full of curiosity and spirit in the face of harsh experience. With the freedom offered by his small handheld camera, Kiarostami comes close to his idea of a “poetic camera”. This revelatory and inspiring documentary is a tender return to the subject of children, albeit in a land far from his home.

14/01/2017(Sat): Post-screening seminar with Linda Lai and Li Cheuk-to

Further reading:
ABC Africa, From The 26th Hong Kong International Film Festival Main Catalogue (The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited, 2002)

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. For screenings at ALL commercial cinemas, tickets are available at URBTIX till 5:00pm one day before respective screenings. After that, tickets will be available only at the box office of the screening venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

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5. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till 1 hour prior to the respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

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