Speaking with CNN’s John Avalon on “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, “Don’t Split” director and co-producer Anders Hammer said his team hoped the Chinese government would react to the documentary, but not in a way .
“It’s basically a film about a large group of mostly young people standing against Beijing,” Hammer said. “Beijing is known to react very strongly if they feel that their main political objectives are creating resistance. In our documentary, we are portraying these protesters, so it was no surprise that Beijing Reacted, but we had no idea that it would be inside this form of censorship that affects the entire Oscars. “
Hammer said that “basic democratic rights were disappearing from the city very rapidly” when his documentary was filmed and the rift has continued. Avalon said 96 journalists were arrested and put behind bars in China in 2019 and 2020, with data from the Committee for the Protection of Journalists.
“I hope the world cares because it’s a really dark time in Hong Kong,” Hammer said. “I am horrified at how fast the whole city has changed and how fast it is really to take away all these political freedoms.”
The academy did not respond to a request for comment.