A Norwegian documentary about the 2019 Hong Kong pro-democracy protests and unrest has been nominated for an Oscar.

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Anders Hammer. Photo: Do Not Split.

Do Not Split – a 35-minute feature by Anders Hammer – is up against four other films in the Best Short Documentary category on April 25.

The movie follows anti-extradition law demonstrators, as well as the government’s backlash up until the onset of the national security law last June. The title is a reference to the protesters’ principle of remaining united.

“[W]e wanted to capture the intensity of the streets in Hong Kong as the young protesters were risking everything in a fight for their future,” Hammer told HKFP on Tuesday. “This uprising started as demonstrations against a proposed extradition bill, which could have allowed people to be sent to Mainland China for trial. Soon it developed into a broader protest campaign for basic human rights, and hopefully the Oscars nomination can contribute to creating attention around how important it is that these human rights are not suppressed.”

The movie has amassed over 81,000 views on Vimeo, and has already been screened at Denmark’s International Documentary Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival in the US.

Meanwhile, Better Days – a romantic crime film directed by Hong Kong’s Derek Tsang – has been nominated for best international film.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.