Movie Screening: The Hong Konger
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
5:00 - 7:00 PM PT
Pepperdine University, LC 159
Join us for a movie screening of “The Hong Konger,” a documentary about a successful Hong Kong entrepreneur, media mogul, and democratic activist named Jimmy Lai. In the film presented by the Acton Institute, media tycoon Lai finds himself in the crosshairs of the state and must choose between defending Hong Kong’s long-standing liberties or his own freedom.
Lai’s story is one that cannot die in a prison cell—it is one that must reignite a persistent movement to defend the cause of freedom for Hong Kongers, for China as a whole, and humanity everywhere.
Following the screening, we will be hosting a panel discussion featuring Samuel Chu, founder and president of the Campaign for Hong Kong, and Dan Churchwell, director of programs and education at the Acton Institute.
Registration is required, and seating is limited.
Samuel Chu (朱牧民) is the president of The Campaign for Hong Kong. Most recently, Chu was the founder and managing director of Hong Kong Democracy Council (HKDC), the first-ever Washington DC-based, nonpartisan voice for Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and Hong Kongers in the US. Since 2019, Chu has successfully advocated for the passage of landmark legislation such as the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act in the US Congress and numerous other policies supporting Hong Kong internationally. In direct response, Hong Kong authorities issued arrest warrants against Chu in July 2020, making him the first foreign citizen to be targeted under the National Security Law. In July 2021, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs imposed sanctions against Chu and his organization, making it the first foreign entity to be targeted under the new anti-sanctions law. A first-generation immigrant from Hong Kong, Chu is the son of the Rev. Chu Yiu Ming, co-founder of Occupy Central, which led to the Umbrella Movement in 2014. The elder Chu was later tried, convicted, and sentenced on protest-related charges in 2019. Chu holds a BA in political science from Univrsity of California, San Diego and an MDiv in ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Dan Churchwell serves as the director of programs and education for the Acton Institute, where he manages external relationships with foundations, higher education institutions, businesses, and NGOs. He has taught and lectured widely on issues related to the intersection of philosophy, theology, and economics. His current research interests include media ecology, technological ethics, and the future of work.