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Blumenauer Announces Expected Vote on Federal Restaurant Relief Legislation

Under the terms of the legislation, grants would provide restaurants assistance for operating costs such as payroll and benefits, food, utilities, rent, and more.

Governor Seeks Review of Police Protest Response in Oregon

Videos from the demonstration in downtown Portland showed police grabbing a news photographer and pushing him to ground as he was trying to document them tackling and detaining a person on a sidewalk.

Portland Braces as Right-Wing Extremists Rally

Gov. Kate Brown warned violence would not be tolerated as right wing extremists converge on Portland "looking for a fight"

A Reminder: Delta Park is Vanport

As extreme right-wing, white supremacist groups prepare to converge on Portland tomorrow, here is a reminder of the historical significance of the place they plan to overrun and the stories of the people that lived there.

NEWS BRIEFS

Free COVID-19 Testing Tuesday, Sept 29

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center will be offering free screening for all ages. ...

Oregon Reports 181 New COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths

Although the curve is not flat, the number of cases is fluctuateing slightly less, with 21 new cases in Multnomah County. ...

Teletha Aldridge Benjamin Named as Recipient of the Gladys McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award

Benjamin says, “I learned about supporting my community from the examples of the adults in my neighborhood, and no one ever thought...

Blumenauer Statement on Planned White Supremacist Rally in Portland

“These are evil people looking for a fight and national media attention. Let’s not give them what they want." ...

Wish Launches $2 Million Fund To Support Black-owned Businesses

The Wish Local Empowerment Program is set to impact more than 4,000 small businesses across the US ...

Oregon names new public health director amid virus pandemic

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday announced Rachael Banks as its new public health director.She's held the same position in Oregon’s most populous county since 2017, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.Banks will be tasked with leading the state’s...

3 dead, 1 hurt in Salem hostage incident, police shooting

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Three people are dead and one was seriously injured in a hostage incident in a Salem, Oregon, home, in which a deputy fired gunshots, police said. Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a “hostage situation” at about 12:30 p.m....

No. 2 Alabama's electric WR Waddle taking on bigger role

Jaylen Waddle has been one of the nation's most dangerous return men, and a big-play receiver since first stepping on the football field for Alabama.The only thing holding him back: Four star receivers, one ball. There's still only one ball for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, but Waddle is higher...

No. 2 Crimson Tide rolls on offense to 38-19 win over Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Nick Saban has never lost a season opener while coaching Alabama.Then again, he'd never had one like this.Yet despite an offseason largely scrapped by the coronavirus pandemic, and a delayed start to the season, Saban's second-ranked Crimson Tide looked just fine as they...

OPINION

In Washington Post, Gupta Shows How Massive Voter Turnout Can Protect Our Democracy

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights president and CEO says, “Trump is far better at the art of distraction than understanding the powers — and limits — of the presidency." ...

Civil Rights Leaders Endorse Sarah Iannarone for Portland Mayor

The list of new endorsements include National Black Lives Matter activist and Campaign Zero Founder Deray Mckesson, civil rights attorney Bobbin Singh and others. ...

When Black Women's Lives Matter All Lives Will Matter

Brazen disregard for the lives and safety of Black women goes back over 400 years in U.S. history with the definition of Black women’s bodies as property at the complete disposal of white slave-owners ...

Sarah Iannarone Demands Action from Mayor Regarding Planned Right-Wing Demonstrations; Opens Safe Space for Portlanders

BIPOC, Queer, and other marginalized Portlanders will bear the brunt of these attacks simply because of their identity or the color of their skin. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

The Latest: Trump sidesteps white supremacist condemnation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential election (all times local):10:20 p.m.President Donald Trump danced around a question from moderator Chris Wallace about whether he was willing to condemn white supremacists and military groups.“I would say almost everything I see...

Hall, Franklin head to runoff for rest of John Lewis’ term

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin advanced to a runoff in Tuesday’s special election to fill the short remainder of the late John Lewis’ term in Congress.Hall and Franklin led five other candidates...

Face-to-face anger: Trump, Biden lash, interrupt each other

CLEVELAND (AP) — Marked by angry interruptions and bitter accusations, the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden erupted in contentious exchanges Tuesday night over the coronavirus pandemic, city violence, job losses and how the Supreme Court will...

ENTERTAINMENT

Gabrielle Union, NBC settle dispute over racism allegations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabrielle Union and NBC said Tuesday that they have settled their differences in their dispute over her firing as a judge on “America's Got Talent,” which she said was retaliation for her complaints that the show tolerated racism on the set. ...

Barry Jenkins to direct 'Lion King' follow-up

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. will make a follow-up to the 2019 live-action “The Lion King,” with Barry Jenkins, the director of the Oscar-winning “Moonlight” and the James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk,” set to direct.Disney...

Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods

NEW YORK (AP) — At last year’s Latin Grammy Awards, popular reggaeton and Latin trap musicians such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were dismissed in the show’s top categories. This year, they dominate.Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations for the 2020 Latin Grammys,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the...

Black Appalachians find hope in national reckoning on race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dayjha Hogg has known racism her entire life, but until recently she thought she and...

California's wine country residents facing fire fatigue

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Will Abrams and his family packed their pickup truck with laptops, clothes, sleeping...

Malta U-turn: Prince George can keep his shark tooth fossil

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Britain's young Prince George can keep his giant shark tooth fossil. Culture...

Amnesty Int'l halts India operations, citing gov't reprisals

NEW DELHI (AP) — Human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Tuesday that it is halting its operation...

France to ban use of wild animals in circuses, marine parks

PARIS (AP) — France's environment minister has announced a gradual ban on using wild animals in traveling...

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HONG KONG (CNN) -- While it's not a stretch to imagine the Edward Snowden saga would spawn books and movies, a group of amateur filmmakers in Hong Kong have already beaten Hollywood to the punch with a short thriller dramatizing the events that unfolded in the city last month.



On June 9, Snowden identified himself as the source of leaked classified documents exposing mass surveillance programs purportedly operated by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). The American computer technician also revealed he had been hiding out in Hong Kong for three weeks, sparking widespread speculation about his exact whereabouts and whether he would find safe refuge in the territory -- a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China.

Two days later, freelance videographer Edwin Lee contacted a few friends about shooting a short film about the maelstrom swirling around Snowden in the city.

"We were so intrigued as to why Snowden came to Hong Kong," Lee said, an Irish expatriate. "All of us love Hong Kong to death; we all call Hong Kong home."

The five-minute film was shot over four days, Lee said, describing it as a "foot-on-the-gas" guerrilla operation. The script was mostly written the day before shooting and actors had no rehearsal time, he added.

Yet the final product is surprisingly suspenseful and sophisticated, with gorgeous time-lapse panoramas of the city and "shaky cam" shots reminiscent of Hollywood. (Lee, who was largely in charge of cinematography and editing, named the Bourne film series and director Michael Mann as inspirations.) In its first week, the film has garnered over 43,000 views on Youtube.

While Lee and his three co-directors/producers took creative license with plot details, such as an imagined briefing between a mainland Ministry of State Security attaché and Hong Kong police, they also filmed scenes inside the same hotel where Snowden had stayed and shot a video interview with The Guardian. Renting the hotel room cost half of their estimated HK$4,200 budget (US$ 540), Lee said.

The actor who played Snowden in the film also bears a remarkable similarity to the man himself, to the extent that the hairdresser who cut off the actor's "long shaggy hair" to mirror Snowden's photo warned him afterward not to be mistaken for the fugitive, said co-producer Shawn Tse, who orchestrated his makeover.

Curiously Snowden has no dialogue in the film.

"Yes the film was about Snowden, but he wasn't featured the most prominently," Lee said, adding that the team was careful not to impose judgments upon a man who largely remains a mystery to them. "He's mostly the catalyst [of events] affecting all these different people around him; it's more about the vignettes," Lee said , describing the film's focus as split "50-50" between Snowden and the city of Hong Kong.

Rather, the film is intended more as a homage to Hong Kong by a group of expatriates who love the city. "We tried to give Hong Kong the limelight we think it deserves," Tse said.

Describing a "very muted response to the Snowden affair" from Hong Kong and the Chinese central government, Lee also acknowledged an underlying political critique in invoking the Ministry of State Security attaché. The scene was intended as a "vehicle to represent (Hong Kong's) relationship with China" and the murkiness of Beijing's role in the Snowden affair.

"To say China wasn't pulling any string at all would be naïve ... Even though it gives us autonomy; it's always Beijing that calls the shots," Lee said. In a keen cultural detail, the attaché speaks in Mandarin, while the officers respond in Cantonese. Hong Kong authorities have denied that China influenced Snowden's decision to leave the city.

While Lee said Snowden's sudden departure didn't cut their project short, he said it hastened the editing process to get the film out. He said there are no plans to extend the film or shoot a sequel, now that Snowden has left the city.

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