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Cockroach Watch Party with Ai Weiwei Q&A

1h 33m Documentary 2020

Live one-night-only! Join Ai Weiwei, author Antony Dapiran, and Evan Smith (Texas Tribune) for a conversation about Cockroach after the Watch Party.

This is a Live Watch Party and Q&A with Ai Weiwei, author Antony Dapiran and Texas Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:30 pm CT.

Buy your ticket now and meet us in our Virtual Scener Theater at 2:30 pm CT 12.19.2020. To watch, you must join us in the Scener Theater, details below

If you see something evil gaining traction and gaining power and do nothing to stop it, you could just as well suffer the consequences we are suffering now.

In February 2019, the Hong Kong government proposed a bill that would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects from Hong Kong to face trial in mainland China. The controversial bill sparked immediate outrage over widespread fear of arbitrary detention and politically motivated trials that would decimate Hong Kong’s autonomy under ‘one country, two systems.’ Protests escalated into epic pro-democracy demonstrations, in part led by young people connected via social media.

COCKROACH, filmed during the height of the protests, captures the extraordinary intensity of an unprecedented era in Hong Kong’s history.

Spanning the evolution of the protest movement, the film captures street demonstrations, police suppression and violence, and key events such as the multi-day siege of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The film features Interviews with Hong Kongers activists, protestors, politicians, ordinary citizens, and policemen. Prominent legislators, lawyers and activists articulate the perils of intensifying assaults on freedoms and the rule of law.

COCKROACH is a poignant and dramatic visual record of the final moments of an independent, democratic Hong Kong. On June 30, 2020, China imposed the National Security Law in Hong Kong, effectively ending Hong Kong’s judicial and political independence and placing the city firmly under Beijing’s control.

As freedom and democracy are quietly under seige in far too many countries across the globe, COCKROACH is vital viewing, a rallying cry to join the protest before it is too late.

Join director Ai Wei Wei, Antony Dapiran, Hong Kong-based writer and lawyer, author of the book City on Fire: The Fight for Hong Kong and Texas Tribune founder Evan Smith for a live conversation about China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the state of affairs since the December protests.

This even is sponsored in party by: Texas Tribune

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Ai Weiwei


Cantonese, English



Bonus Content



Classic Alamo preshow, watch party watermark, Alamo logo, Feature Presentation bumper



A conversation with director, artist and activist Ai Weiwei and author and lawyer Antony Dapiran moderated by Texas Tribune founder and CEO Evan Smith

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