Faceless ★★★★

Up-close and intimate with the Hong Kong protests of 2019-2020, this debut puts a particular highlight on the feeling of futility rising up against an indifferent machinery that has already been put in motion to facilitate a population of abiding subjects. This is the feeling of being stuck in a room with the walls slowly closing in. They may periodically let up for a brief minute, but they’re never far away from gradually closing in again. Faceless leaves little room for hopeful optimism, but does present it’s depiction of this nightmarish scenario with an unignorable urgency. In a clever turn, it changes its set or protagonists into symbolic and representative characters for the youth growing up under these conditions. With a bold team of creators, some truly daring shots — as beautiful as they are bleak — are captured, lending even more weight to each of the stories that are told. If given the chance, I would go out of my way to catch this.