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Run Time: 103 minutes
“For subverting the government, the sentence is death.” Harsh threats blare over the loudspeaker as students make their way to Greenwood High School. Over a decade into Taiwan’s White Terror period, martial law continues to rule the daily lives of citizens. Students watch as their teachers, parents, and peers are arrested, sacks thrown over their heads, never to be seen again. Despite the hefty risks, school counselor Mr. Zhang runs an underground book club for dissident students including Wei, the club’s defacto leader. If providing illegal literature wasn’t dangerous enough, Mr. Zhang is also romantically involved with top student, Fang. One fateful night, Wei and Fang suddenly wake to find themselves trapped in the empty hallways of their school, now in ruins and overrun with violent faceless demons. And where has Mr. Zhang disappeared to? As the two search for answers and a way out, mysteries are unraveled, revealing a truth they may not be ready for. Based on the indie survival video game of the same name, DETENTION utilizes atmospheric horror and its unique game-like structure to engulf viewers in a tragic nightmare that reflects upon the power of public memory in the face of a seldom discussed authoritarian past. (In Mandarin with subtitles) — D.O.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 4:20 PM ET
Friday, April 03, 2020 at 11:35 PM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
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