Most cities are filled with alternative venues to experience art and culture. Hong Kong is no different. What's unique here is that the usual installation art exhibits, indie rock bands, and independent documentaries are not shown in the dingy basements of dilapidated factory buildings but in sleek highrises, fancy hotels, and chic restaurants. Oh well, welcome to Hong Kong!
Duddell's definitely falls in the latter category sitting on the 3rd level of Shanghai Tang's above Duddell Street in some of the choicest parts of Central. It's a great venue for a discussion about the soon to be released documentary "The Last Stitch" a paean to the dying qipao/cheongsam/長衫 makers of Shanghai. Anyone with an interest in this classic garment would be wise to watch this impressive film and listen to the filmmakers as they talk about their work.
From the organizer's writeup.
"Born in a Shanghainese tailoring family, who emigrated first to Hong Kong, then Toronto, Alfred Sung has been enthusiastically unveiling his family’s intergenerational traditions since 2005. It started as a comic book series in[masked], then in 2009, was transformed into an exhibition. Alfred met Oscar-winning documentarian Ruby Yang in 2014, at a film workshop. With her encouragement and resources from the Hong Kong Documentary Initiative (HKDI), Alfred made his first documentary, The Last Stitch, detailing his family’s business story, with Ruby as his producer.
In their talk at Duddell’s, Alfred and Ruby will share their filmmaking journey, which led to the production of The Last Stitch and the story behind HKDI.
The Last Stitch is currently showing at MOViE MOViE Life is Art Film Festival."
Film trailer is available here: https://youtu.be/3jLnE4LN5I8
This event is free of charge. Image is of the film's 1 sheet poster.