“Kai Fong” Wisdom in Tin Shui Wai

天水圍街坊智慧 Kai Fong Wisdom in Tin Shui Wai from WING LEUNG TSUI on Vimeo.

Tin Shui Wai is a remote town located in Hong Kong, which has been developed in 1990s. Ideally, this town can house over two hundred thousands residents, who can work and live in their home towns without going to urbanized areas (like Hong Kong Island and Kowloon). Sounds good, right? But there is always a big gap between planning and execution. Tin Shui Wai has been criticized for inaccessible location, insufficient transportation support, widening poverty gap and lack of social utilities. Worse still, cases of suicide and family violence were reported frequently, giving the city a bad name of “a city of tragedy”.

A group of kai-fong (neighbors in Cantonese) were gathering together, collecting unsold and redundant food from markets and stores. The food would be re-distributed to the poverty and the disabled in the town. The residents believed that they could do more and better to remove the negative general impression of Tin Shui Wai.

This documentary was filmed in 2014, and selected to be top 20 documentaries in the Nat Geo Awards 2014.

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