Raging Land 3 : Three Valleys
Production: Choi Yuen Support Group, v-artivists
Camera, editing: Benny Chan Yin Kai
Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitle
2012/ Hong Kong/ 310 mins / Colour / DV
In 2010, amidst heated opposition, the Legislative Council approved the funding for the construction of the Hong Kong section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. The focus of the struggle of Choi Yuen Village, the major victim of the land resumption and clearance involved in the railway project, has then shifted to building a new village for themselves.
Whilst fighting for an official license which allows them to purchase farmland and build houses, the villagers began planning the new village. From the design of every single house, to the ratio between private land, farmland and public land, every detail was discussed and decided collectively.
Meanwhile, the government announced that the villagers had to move out in November 2010; however, due to the ‘Right of Way’ issues, the villagers were concerned about the possibility of commencing the construction of the new village on the piece of land which they were not sure if they had the right to pass through.
The government started to tear down houses in the village in November. To fight for sufficient time for building the new village, the villagers formed daily patrols to stop the demolition.
In May 2011, the villagers eventually left their homeland, in which they have lived for decades, and moved to temporary houses built on a farmland they purchased.
Despite all the obstacles, the Choi Yuen villagers demonstrated persistence and unity. The struggle and experience of Choi Yuen Village manifests new possibilities to the villages in the northeastern part of the New Territories that are now confronting land resumption and demolition; it also reminds us of the true hardship of a prolonged struggle of this kind which we should never overlook.