Moderator: Ruby Yang
The Warriors of Qiugang (2010) | Director Ruby Yang | Writer Thomas Lennon | 39 min. | In Chinese with English subtitles
Villagers in central China take on a chemical company that is poisoning their land and water. For five years they fight to transform their environment and as they do, they find themselves transformed as well.
8:15pm: Narrative and Non-narrative Storytelling of Documentary | Speaker: Thomas Lennon
9:15pm: Q&A with Thomas Lennon and Ruby Yang
About the filmmakers
Thomas Lennon’s work in documentary film has earned him an Academy Award and three Oscar nominations. But more often his good fortune has come in pairs: two duPont-Columbia awards, two national Emmys, two Peabodys, and two films that premiered at Sundance. Lennon recently completed Sacred, which draws on the contributions of more than 40 filmmakers around the world to explore the role of prayer and ritual in daily life. He founded, with Ruby Yang, the China AIDS Media Project; their groundbreaking AIDS awareness messages were seen over a billion times on Chinese television and the Internet, probably the most far-reaching AIDS media campaign ever created.
Ruby Yang is an award-winning Chinese American filmmaker. She directed The Blood of Yingzhou District (2007), which won the Oscar for best documentary short in 2007, and The Warriors of Qiugang (2010), which received an Academy nomination in the same category in 2011. The Wall Street Journal called her 2014 documentary, My Voice, My Life (2014), one of the “five most essential films” to come out of Hong Kong that year. She now heads the Hong Kong Documentary Initiative at The University of Hong Kong, which aims to nurture the next generation of documentary filmmakers in the region.