Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, won the Audience Award at this year’s 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered, in the World Cinema Documentary Competition.
The documentary is directed by American filmmaker Joe Piscatella, who is also known for his 2013 documentary #ChicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes on a Dictator, a film about an American teenage girl who uses social media to run the revolution in Syria.
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower follows the life of Joshua Wong Chi-fung, a Hong Kong student activist who started speaking up at the age of 13 about the intrusion of policies from Mainland China.
Joshua Wong is now a 20-year-old and the documentary looks back on his journey.
The film covers his early days as founder and convenor of the student activist group Scholarism up until his present day role as secretary general in a new political party, Demosistō, which he set up with former leaders of Scholarism Agnes Chow, Oscar Lai, and Nathan Law. Demosistō is a party that is campaigning for a referendum to determine Hong Kong’s sovereignty after 2047.
Wong became known in the international community for his major influence in Hong Kong’s democracy movement and the role he played in the 2014 Umbrella Revolution.
At the height of the protests, he camped on the streets outside Hong Kong’s government headquarters for just under three months. The Umbrella Revolution drew a crowd of 120,000 protesters at the time.
He was nominated for TIME’s Person of the Year under Most Influential Teens of 2014. And in 2015, he got a mention in Fortune magazine as one of the world’s greatest leaders in 2015.
The film is due for release on NetFlix on May 26.