“No One Wants It”, tells the story of two activists using noise as a form of protest against the destruction of human liberties in Hong Kong. The film uses a non-conventional documentary style to bring a more abstract and fluid style, reminiscent of the no wave.

  • Oliver Zimmermann
  • Ronen Eldar
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Activism, Social Change, Music, Art
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany, Hong Kong
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Oliver Zimmermann, Ronen Eldar

Oliver Zimmermann is an award winning producer, director and DOP who specialises in documenting humanitarian issues, working with young people and integration. They have a passion for authentic story telling and excel in high pressure environments having worked as a director and producer in Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey, Greece, China, The Philippines, The Marshall Islands, Morocco and extensively in the UK and the European mainland.

Their work focuses on social issues and they bring a strong visual aesthetic and attention to detail to each project. This is evidenced in their work in Lesvos where they spent over a year documenting a Greek island at the forefront of the refugee crisis and his ongoing collaboration with young activists to end female genital mutilation (FGM).

Oliver is also the founder and owner of Zed Productions Ltd. which was the official media partner youth led charity Integrate UK for the last decade.

Ronen Eldar is a French/Israeli filmmaker, whose nomadic childhood and life make it difficult for him to call anywhere truly home. This meandering rootlessness has nurtured an open curiosity towards others. With a candid approach, he explores themes around the perception of reality, how one decides to exist and navigate through the world, and the myths we surround ourselves with.

Working across fiction and documentary, his films have screened at BAFTA and Oscar qualifying festivals such as Encounters, Short Shorts, Flatpack, Cinequest, and Brussels Short Film Festival. Ronen describes himself as a 'songeur', someone halfway between thoughts and dreams which is a quality that permeates his work.

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Director Statement

As filmmakers and creatives we not only have an opportunity but also an obligation to reflect the world we live in.

The film, also titled “No One Wants It”, moves away from a conventional documentary style and narrative to bring a more abstract and fluid style, reminiscent of the new wave. In order to reflect the improvised and unique approach of Sascha and Him’s work, as filmmakers we took inspiration from the sound or noise they create and mirror this in some of the cinematography.

We made a deliberate choice to shoot the whole interview on a moving train which caused technical challenges but also links to the fact that many of the police atrocities happened on the Hong Kong underground.

Whilst the gritty urban landscape of Berlin is in part Sascha’s home, it is in contrast to Hong Kong, a relatively safe space to set the film - however it also has a very recent history of oppression from an authoritarian regime that took the science of controlling the population to a frightening level.

Art as a form of protest has historically taken an important role in spreading the message of discontent. This film aims to to document a moment in time and bring the sound and visuals of descent to a wider global audience.