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Secondary School

Tammy Cheung

Release year: 2002

Run time: 85mins

Film type: Documentary


Shot over three months, the film chronicles the daily lives of two well-respected “Band One” secondary schools, one for boys and one for girls. It explores several issues: teaching objectives and styles, student’s common values, the relationship between parents and children, etc. Using the “direct cinema” approach, the documentary takes a close look at the present condition of the troubled school system.


Director biography

Tammy Cheung is a documentary filmmaker who was born in China, grew up in Hong Kong and is based in the UK since 2022. After years of working as a film festival organizer in Canada, Cheung made her directorial debut in 1999 in Hong Kong. Using the "Direct Cinema" approach, her works mainly deal with current social and political issues. Her previous films include Invisible Women, Secondary School, Rice Distribution, Moving, July, Speaking Up, Village Middle School and Election. Red Kalyna is Cheung’s first production after moving to the UK. It depicts the plight of Ukrainian refugees after the Russian Invasion. Presently, she is working on the second documentary about the war in Ukraine.