Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower

Synopsis: When the Chinese Communist Party backtracks on its promise of autonomy to Hong Kong, teenager Joshua Wong decides to save his city. Rallying thousands of kids to skip school and occupy the streets, Joshua becomes an unlikely leader in Hong Kong and one of China's most notorious dissidents.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Joe Piscatella
Production: Netflix
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min


Greetings, my fellow citizens.

I am Joshua Wong, founder of Scholarism.

The warning light of Hong Kong's

political system is flashing red.

At 9:
30, Joshua made his speech,

and we are getting ready

for Joshua to lead us.

I feel so sick.

You know, when you can't breathe,

because you're too nervous.

A crowd of 1500 is more

than I expected here today.

I want to know, where are the adults?

No matter what the price,

we can't dump this on the next generation.

This generation must complete our mission!

Now let's go take Civic Square together!

Have you been to Mr. Siu's class?

Can I see your paper?

No, he hasn't given the paper back yet.

Oh, he hasn't graded it yet?

Before I was involved in politics

I was just a normal student, a normal kid.

I went to school, put effort in

my studies, but those days are now gone.

Instead of just focusing on GPA,

why don't we try to care

about the city that we live

and the city that we love?

Hello, Hong Kong.

We are Scholarism, a student organization.

Please take two seconds and sign your name

to demand the government

withdraw National Education.

Defend freedom of thought.

Oppose brainwashing education.

The mainstream and the teachers

just teach us,

if you become an accountant or doctor,

or even you become the management trainee

of the investment bank,

you gain a successful life and future.

However, instead of asking society

to define what is success,

I would just ask why I can't define

what is valuable for myself

and what is important for the society?

It's the time for us

to show our disagreement

against interference

from the Communist Party of China.

I founded Scholarism

when I was 14 years old.

What we hope to do is just demand

for freedom of mind and freedom of speech.

To show our disagreement

to brainwashing education.

When I founded Scholarism, I knew

it was important to recruit members.

I met Derek

because actually we knew each other

from the Christian fellowship

in our high school.

and join the fight against

the National Education?"

China is a rising darkness

that destroys the things in Hong Kong.

But if you want to defeat Darth Vader,

then you have to train some Jedi.

We are totally not Chinese people.

We are unique.

Hong Kong people is Hong Kong people.

Bruce Lee is Hong Kong people.

Hong Kong is the place that I'm born,

I live, and the place that I love.

And the future of Hong Kong should be

decided by Hong Kongers

instead of the Chinese government.

The first time for me to meet CY Leung

is in March of 2012

because he organized a Facebook event,

and if your post under that Facebook event

can get the highest number of likes,

you can get a chance

to meet with CY Leung.

I just shared to my Facebook

and shared to Scholarism's Facebook page.

And finally,

I get around a few thousand likes

and I can meet CY Leung and ask him,

"Why do you still need to implement

the National Education?"

Hello, CY Leung.

I'm Joshua Wong and a sophomore.

Maybe you find it odd that students

show up at an event like this.

And we have exams, too.

Actually, I have one tomorrow.

We are from Scholarism,

the alliance against National Education.

What's the name?


CY Leung just responded,

"Oh, what is Scholarism?

I haven't heard this name before."

And he pretend that Scholarism

is not a matter for him.

What do you have in mind?

We demand the government

withdraw National Education

and the brainwashing curriculum.

What are your reasons?

It says you'll get good grades if

your answers match the government's view.

If you cry

when the Chinese flag is raised,

you'll get a better grade.

Does it really say that?


CY Leung was not interested

to what I say about National Education.

He just thinks I'm a troublemaker.

Why is it sagging?

Testing. One. Two.

Hello, citizens of Hong Kong.

We are Scholarism,

the group against National Education.

We have to spend a lot of time campaigning

in different neighborhoods.

Every day we have to hand out flyers.

I didn't realize it would be so hard.

Please take a look at our leaflet.

It's really unusual for students

to distribute leaflets on the street.

We're just trying to push forward

to gain more people's support.

But the problem is we still haven't

grabbed the general public's awareness.

I remember that I visited a poor family

when I'm 13 years old.

While I visited them,

we would preach the gospel

and also pray for them

because I'm a Christian.

And one year later, I went back

to that family and visited them again.

During that moment, I just realized that

just trying to pray for them

would not bring the change.

It's necessary for us to change by action.

Only independent thinking is the truth!

It's been a long day for everyone.

We'd like to thank everyone

for participating in Scholarism's rally.

What are you demanding

from the government?

We demand the government

withdraw National Education.

We can't have Communist China dictating

what is taught in Hong Kong schools.

Will you act more radically

in the future to stop them?

That depends on the government's response.

If the government insists

on implementing National Education,

Scholarism will have to consider

our next steps.

Yeah, the video really

makes us very popular.

And over a hundred students applied

and say, "Oh, we want to join you

and we want to join the fight

against the National Education."

Sit down. Let's start the meeting.

Forget about pouring water.

Everyone has to be more serious.

President, why would we be serious?

If you are serious about your position,

then lead the meeting.

How is everyone?

My name is Joshua Wong,

and I'm the founder of this group.

I'm the one most newspapers

have written about.

I'm Derek Lam.

I'm studying at United Christian College.

I'm repeating my senior year.

What's your job in Scholarism?

Making jokes.

He's responsible for announcing

through the loudspeaker.

According to the procedure,

everyone should introduce themselves.

I'm Agnes Chow.

Tonight, our guest is Joshua Wong.

He's everywhere these days.

If you don't know him,

you will after this show.

Scholarism must take all of your time.

It's true. I feel like I'm working

on Scholarism full-time lately.

I always forget

that you're still a student.

How do you balance your time?

When I'm not on Facebook

dealing with Scholarism, I'm studying.

My grades are not too bad.

It's impossible

that your grades aren't bad!

Are you in a relationship?

No, because I focus on my work.

My mom keeps telling me not to date

until college.

I should focus on studying now.

Everyone values youth,

but there's a difference

between how China

and Hong Kong value youth.

Youth in China do everything

their country tells them to do.

They are one with the country.

But you're different.

You encourage people to go on the street,

to protest, to be radical,

to object to National Education.

Our situation makes it necessary.

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