Directed by Sue Williams | 2020 • USA • 83 minutes
Denise Ho – Becoming the Song profiles the openly gay Hong Kong singer and human rights activist Denise Ho. Drawing on unprecedented, years-long access, the film explores her remarkable journey from commercial Cantopop superstar to outspoken political activist, an artist who has put her life and career on the line in support of the determined struggle of Hong Kong citizens to maintain their identity and freedom.
Denise’s story mirrors almost perfectly the last three decades of Hong Kong’s uneasy relationship with China. A top international recording artist in Hong Kong and across China and other Asian nations, the turning point in her career came during the seminal moment of change for Hong Kong, the Umbrella Movement of 2014. Her public support of students who demanded free elections and occupied central Hong Kong for nearly three months had immediate and lasting consequences: she was arrested and then blacklisted by China.
“Critic’s Pick! An inspiring documentary driven by an unwavering belief in the ability of people — particularly young people — to create the world they want to live in.” – Lovia Gyarkye, The New York Times
“The triumph of Williams’ film is in how it illustrates that the fight for democracy unfolding around the world is one and the same… and Ho’s indelible music could very well be the definitive anthem of our collective struggle.”