Who's Afraid of Nathan Law?

  • Feature Film
  • 2024
  • 90 Mins

At 21, he was a leader of Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution. By 23, he became Hong Kong's youngest elected lawmaker. At 26, he was Most Wanted under the National Security Law. Who’s Afraid of Nathan Law? offers a close look at the city's most famous dissident to uncover what happens to freedom when an authoritarian power goes unchecked. Co-presented with Preserving Democracy, a public media initiative from The WNET Group.

Film Credits

  • Joe Piscatella Director
  • Matthew Torne Producer
  • Mark Rinehart Producer

Critical Acclaim

[A]ll this is told in a fast-paced mix of personal reminiscence (including from select outside press and political figures), handheld cellphone footage, and worldwide TV news reportage. The sum effect is just as engaging — only rather than exciting faith in the individual’s ability to generate change, the course of history here shows individuality ground under by a seemingly all-powerful state. At the end, Nathan Law is still an active voice of resistance, but admits suffering “survivor guilt” even in remaining at liberty to do so.

Dennis Harvey, Variety