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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong film shines light on Japan support for Chinese activists

With approval for local release on hold, '709 Companions' seeks global audience

Veteran Hong Kong journalist Lo King-wah has directed the new documentary "709 Companions" that depicts the ordeal of lawyers targeted by the Chinese government and their families. (Photo provided by Lo King-wah)

HONG KONG -- Human rights lawyers in mainland China have long lived under surveillance and fear of detention, especially since Beijing rounded up hundreds of attorneys in the so-called "709 Incident" of July 9, 2015.

Veteran Hong Kong journalist Lo King-wah has directed a new documentary "709 Companions" that depicts what those lawyers and their families have been through. It follows 2017's "709 Fellows" and last year's "709 The Other Shore."

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