Shot over three months, Secondary School chronicles day-to-day life at two prestigious and well-respected secondary schools in Hong Kong, one for boys and one for girls. Known for being highly competitive and performance-oriented, the Hong Kong education system has been undergoing various reforms for more than 15 years. Today, education reform remains one of the city’s most controversial issues. Secondary School observes the Hong Kong school system at close-range by focusing on the contents and methods of teaching in addition to students’ outlook on life.
Secondary School became the first documentary to obtain a theatrical release in Hong Kong. Deemed controversial, the film screened for six months and stirred up a heated debate on the country’s education system.
Director in attendance
Born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, Tammy Cheung studied Sociology in Hong Kong, and Cinema at Concordia University. Influenced by American filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, she employs an observational, non-intrusive approach characteristic of Wiseman’s Direct Cinema style.