Friends proud of amateur film on Snowden's HK stay

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 29, 2013 at 4:34 am •  Published: July 29, 2013
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Given the fact that little of Snowden was known at that time, the directors agreed to focus the film's attention on the relationships between different groups and agencies in Hong Kong.

They played with different ideas, "but in the end we felt like the tension is just there as it is, and we could just let it go through those circles and not actually highlight too much of Edward Snowden, considering we didn't have that much information about him," Floro said.

Money wasn't a concern of the filmmakers, who spent about 5,000 Hong Kong dollars (US$645) to make the film, most used to book a room at the Mira Hotel where Snowden stayed part of the time he was in Hong Kong.

"I think it was more about love of filmmaking, and we just thought it was relevant to Hong Kong," Floro said. "If we had wanted to cash it out, I think would have taken more time to really like, I guess put something longer together. And really like, try to pitch it, sell it in that way."

They plans to take "Verax" to film festivals and have been open about shooting a sequel.