Like an Abortion, for the Very First Time

  • Hong Kong
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The Umbrella Movement was a wave of street protests that took place in Hong Kong from September to December 2014 as a reaction to oppressive practices of the Chinese government against the citizens of Hong Kong dissatisfied with planned changes in the electoral system. In her feature film debut, To Liu captured the citizens of the western part of Kowloon, Mong Kok, whose protests might not have been as visible as those of the leading activists, but were no less important. The documentary rhythmized by opening entries and darkening of the scene, much like the director’s first film, follows two characters, a master and an apprentice.


  • Original Title
    Like an Abortion, for the Very First Time
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    To Liu
  • Cinematography
    To Liu
  • Editing
    To Liu
  • Music
    To Liu
  • Sound
    Vincent Fung
  • Runtime
    101 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Hong Kong
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival 2018
    • Hong Kong Independent Film Festival 2019 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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