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Club Screening – ‘The Fence’: A Documentary About POW Camps in Hong Kong

Date: 29 Nov 2021 06:30 PM — 10:00 PM | Venue: Dining Room

‘The Fence’: A Documentary About POW Camps in Hong Kong
Monday, November 29, 2021
6:30pm – Doors Open
6:30pm – 9:30pm – Buffet with free-flow beverage
7pm – Screening (1hr 18min) followed by Q&A
First Floor
Eighty years ago, on the same morning as the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on the British crown colony of Hong Kong. The territory was being defended by 2,000 overwhelmed Canadian troops, some of whom went on to suffer the longest POW incarceration anywhere during World War II. Written, directed and researched by filmmaker Viveka Melki, The Fence investigates this difficult chapter of history and includes never-before-seen archival footage. The product of nine years of research, the documentary features interviews with George Macdonell and George Peterson, two of the last surviving Canadian veterans who witnessed the atrocities committed by the Japanese Imperial Army inside the barbwire enclosure, as well as Hong Kong historian Dr. Kwong Chi Man and Japanese professor Yuki Tanaka. Moderated by FCC President Keith Richburg.
Dr. Kwong Chi Man is an associate professor in the history department of Hong Kong Baptist University. He specializes in the military and naval history of modern East Asia, particularly from the Sino-Japanese War (1894–95) to the 1970s. He has published Eastern Fortress: A Military History of Hong Kong, 1840–1970 (coauthored, Hong Kong Book Prize 2019) and War and Geopolitics in Interwar Manchuria.
Viveka Melki is a Canadian filmmaker, curator and producer based in Montreal. Co-founder of Tortuga Films in 2006, she produced Hippocrate and Campesinos and then went on to direct the two-part series War Correspondence. Her 2015 feature-length documentary After CIRCUS received acclaim at several North American film festivals, and her 2017 documentary Carricks: In the Wake of the Irish tells the tragic story of Irish immigration to Canada in 1847.
Club Screening
Monday, November 29, 2021
$350per person
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Salad & Starter
Caesar Salad (L)
German Sausage and Potato Salad with Pickles
Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese
Deep-fried Squid Rings with Tartare Sauce
Mini Indian Samosa with Mint Sauce (V)
Soup & Bread Basket
Cream of Curry Cauliflower
Main Dishes
Pan-fried Chicken Breast with Marsala Gravy
Sautéed Cabbage with Smoked Sausage
Indian Gongura Mutton Curry
Coconut Paneer Tandoori (L)
Pulao Rice and Roasted Potatoes (V)
Green Tea Lava Tart
Fresh Fruits
Free flow house wine, house beer, orange juice and soft drinks will be served from 6:30pm-10pm


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