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Hong Kong protest film strikes a chord in Taiwan

Documentary, and Ukraine conflict, spur debate on island's readiness for war

Documentary by director Kiwi Chow, right, now in self-exile from Hong Kong, hit theaters across Taiwan last Friday.

TAIPEI -- At a packed advanced screening of the documentary "Revolution of Our Times," the audience gasped, sniffled and cried throughout the film's depiction of police brutality and democratic resistance in pre-COVID Hong Kong.

For most in the theater in downtown Taipei, the only thing more disturbing than the violence was the possibility that this could one day happen to their homeland, Taiwan, which China's Communist Party claims as its territory, despite having never controlled it. The documentary by director Kiwi Chow, who still lives in Hong Kong, hit theaters across Taiwan last Friday.

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