JOSHUA: TEENAGER vs SUPERPOWER
Thurs, Dec 12 | 7pm | Guggenheim Auditorium
“I’m not saying everyone should be Joshua Wong or follow my journey. But at least it proved that activism is not just related to experienced politicians or well-trained activists who have been working for NGOs; it can also be students and high-schoolers.” – Joshua Wong
Teenage activists are taking the world by storm: Greta Thunberg, the Swedish environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition; Pakistani activist Hadiqa Bashir, who goes door to door in her community in Swat Valley calling for an end to child marriage so that girls are able to complete their education; Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez, who has been a leading voice advocating for gun control and co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD after the attack on her school, Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. These young activists refuse to wait until they are old enough to vote, they are making a stand right now. While many adults disparage these activists efforts as immature and idealistic, they are raising awareness, rallying support and effecting actual policy change.
We invite you to come learn about the work of one such activist, Hong Kong native Joshua Wong, who at age 14 led the largest and most successful protest in the period after the 1997 Hong Kong handover. Joshua is now a vocal figure in the anti-extradition protests currently taking place. The film JOSHUA: TEENAGER vs SUPERPOWER, directed by Joe Piscatella, follows Joshua and the organization Scholarism as they push back against the erosion of the Chinese Communist Party’s promise of autonomy to Hong Kong.