Denise Ho - Becoming the Song

Director: Sue Williams
2020 | USA | 83m
GENRE: Activism | Documentary | East Asian | Human Rights | Lesbian | Music | Politics
SECTION: Documentary Features | Famous Faces
Expected Guests: Features Q&A with director Sue Williams and subject Denise Ho


At the peak of her musical career, Cantopop diva Denise Ho was performing in lavish costumes at packed stadium concerts. Her eccentric stage performances garnered audiences, but it was her brave personal lyrics that resonated with a city in turmoil. 

That city is Hong Kong, a territory long embattled with China over democratic freedoms. With more citizens taking to the streets, the city took on a new form - as did Ho’s purpose as a public figure. The singer chose to come out as a lesbian, the first female pop star in Hong Kong to do so, when LGBTQ legislation was being debated among their government. And as protests intensified for independence from mainland China, Ho lent her status to the movement. In Sue Williams’ uplifting documentary the filmmaker chronicles Ho’s career from pop star to activist and the parallels to Hong Kong, a city in constant transformation. 


Buying note: This is a digital screening, available to view between 12:01am Thursday, June 25 and 11:59pm Sunday, June 28. We suggest watching it at 9:00pm Friday, June 26 followed by the Q&A.

Bank of the West

CAAM, The Roxie

  • Language: English and Cantonese with English subtitles
  • Premiere Status: World