Documentary Master Class by Oscar-winning Director Ruby Yang
Documentary filmmaking is a significant tool to capture reality and provide important historical records to facilitate our understanding of the world. In the documentaries made by Oscar winning director Ruby Yang, we see stories of people with diverse backgrounds—from children in the remote villages of Anhui Province, China, who have lost their parents to AIDS; to budding musicians of Asia. Through film appreciation and discussion, participants will learn not only the aesthetics of documentary, but also catch a glimpse of some important events in history.

The Blood of Yingzhou District 《潁州的孩子》
USA/China | 2006 | 39 min | In Chinese with English subtitles
Gao Jun, the child featured in The Blood of Yingzhou District, does not speak a word until the closing minutes of the film. Little is known about him, not even his age. Yet the AIDS orphan’s search for a home to call his own forms the dramatic centre of this documentary set in rural China, directed by Ruby Yang and produced by Thomas Lennon. In February 2007, the film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary - Short Subject.
Date: 14/2 (Tue)
Time: 18:45 – 20:15
Venue: CYP-P4, CYM Physics Building, HKU (updated)

In Search of Perfect Consonance 《尋找完美第五度》
Hong Kong | 2016 | 38 min | In English, Cantonese, Mandarin & Japanese with English subtitles
In the late 1980s, China was at war with Vietnam, the Chinese and the Japanese were at loggerheads, and relations across the Taiwan Strait were frosty. Directed by Ruby Yang, In Search of Perfect Consonance profiles the Asian Youth Orchestra, established against this historical backdrop with the aim of connecting the region’s young people through music. As we watch the budding musicians of today’s Asia learn to work together, we are reminded of the higher ideals that music inspires.
Date: 21/2 (Tue)
Time: 18:45 – 20:15
Venue: Studio 303, CYM Cultural Centre, HKU
Language: English
Co-organiser: HK Documentary Initiative and Film Society, HKUSU

Date Time Venue
14 Feb 2017 18:45 - 20:15 CYP-P4 (updated)
21 Feb 2017 18:45 - 20:15 Studio 303, CYM Cultural Centre
Bio of Instructor(s) 導師簡介:
Director Ruby Yang
Ruby Yang is an award-winning Chinese American filmmaker. She directed The Blood of Yingzhou District, which won the Oscar for best documentary short in 2007, and The Warriors of Qiugang, which received an Academy nomination in the same category in 2011. The Wall Street Journal called her 2014 documentary My Voice, My Life 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 (HKU), which aims to nurture the next generation of documentary filmmakers in the region. She is also HKU’s Hung Leung Hau Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre.