Short Film Review: Lens (2019) by Manting Huang

Short Film Review: Lens (2019) by Manting Huang
Manting Hang is a student at the Hong Kong Baptist University. His short film “Lens” was screened in the special program “China New Talents” of the Interfilm International Short Film Festival from November 11 to December 13, 2020.

Although it is a feature film, formally it looks like a documentary at various points. The plot centers on a young man who is apparently unemployed. He spends a lot of time on the street, observing people wandering through the city. Quite unlike him, they seem happy. They take pictures of their surroundings and each other. They always pose with a smile.

However, the cameras with lenses are a favorite target of pickpockets. They skillfully twist off the lens and let it disappear in their pockets. The young man watches for a while how elaborate the network of thieves is who help each other steal. He tuns into some of them at the mass camp that serves as his accommodation.
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