在新界做了十多年農夫的幾位「社運青年」，為人父母後選擇「在家教育」代替傳統學習，於大自然中開辦了另類親子中心 – Kids Club，和孩子一同流動、共學。
As the patriotic education looms, a group of parents, with the background of being activists and farming, fight back in their own way and start an alternative home-schooling centre: “Kids Club”.
幾位當年的「社運青年」，在香港新界做了十多年的農夫。為人父母後，他們選擇「在家教育」，甚至開辦了一所另類親子中心 – Kids Club。
不斷有朋友遠走他鄉，他們雖憂心卻選擇留下。Kids Club的教學既帶來希望，也對他們的知識、體力和耐心提出挑戰；疲勞和焦慮在所難免。他們不時與即將離開的朋友告別，又盡力做好每一次的教學。由幾萬呎的農田和數千呎的大屋所構成的Kids Club，成為他們信心與力量的來源。
Under the regime’s implementation of patriotic education to preschool children, this group of parents, with a background of being activists, fight back in their own way. Having worked as farmers in Hong Kong’s New Territories for over a decade, they decide to establish an alternative home-schooling centre: “Kids Club”. Amid the city’s deteriorating conditions, they keep receiving news of friends emigrating to foreign countries. Though they are worried, they still choose to stay.
The teaching and co-learning experiences at Kids Club bring them hope but also pose challenges to their knowledge, energy and patience. Fatigue and anxiety are unavoidable, but they still do their best in every lesson they teach. The kids also have to face their own conflicts in order to grow and make progress, and resolution always arrives through communication. In this self-built playground, they can remove themselves from the over-urbanised city and retreat into the diminishing wilderness, the fluidity, the coexistence of humans and animals of Hong Kong’s rural area.
As the sun rises and sets, they witness the growth of the children. Life in troubled times is so precious especially when there is enduring friendship between them.
This is a story about my friends and my child and his friends. We learn to farm at Kids Club together. I want to do more than just filming how they live and work. It is not just about our mission. I want to keep a record of these people’s spiritual journeys. It is not my intention to showcase a sad tale nor to marvel at what they have achieved. The best outcome I imagine would be for audiences not from Hong Kong or those who will watch this documentary decades later to find a connection with their own lives and life experiences.
YING Liang is an independent filmmaker, lecturer and curator. His notable films are Taking Father Home (2005), When Night Falls (2012), A Family Tour (2018) and A Sunny Day (2016) (Short). The More, The Merrier is his first documentary feature project.
YAM Yin-cheung, Peter
Peter YAM is an independent film producer. He produced Yellowing, which won the Ogawa Shinsuke Prize at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival; Lost in the Fumes, which won the Special Jury Prize of the Chinese Documentary Award at the 11th Taiwan International Documentary Festival; and Lost Course, which won the Best Documentary at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards.
Based in Hong Kong, Prescott LAW has participated in the editing of documentaries and feature films. His work The Castle in the Pyrenees was nominated at the 1st Ground Up Student Film Festival. His directing work Lacuna was selected in the 12th Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival and as the Jury Recommendation at the 24th ifva Awards (Open Category). He has published several film reviews online and in literature platforms.
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