Ruby Yang is an accomplished Chinese-American filmmaker whose work in documentar
ies and films has earned her an Academy Award and numerous other international awards. In collaboration with filmmaker Thomas F. Lennon, her film The Blood of Yingzhou District won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary.
In the winter of 2002, Ms Yang noticed reports on AIDS in
She learned from Dr. David Da-i Ho, the dean of
In 2003, after SARS hit mainland
On the Spring Festival, 2004, Ms. Yang arrived in
In that village, Yang met a boy named Gao Jun, who refused to utter a word after his parents had died. [sina.com.cn]
In that village, Yang met a boy named Gao Jun, who refused to utter a word after his parents had died. Neighbors prevented their children from playing with him, and his own extended family rejected him, fearing their own children would be affected. He lowered his head deeply, peeping out to strangers with a pair of sad, but guarded eyes. Yang said, “I cannot forget his eyes,” and she decided to make a movie for him.
Oscar Award, a Big Surprise
At the moment she stood on the stage receiving the esteemed Golden Man Oscar Award, she said to the whole world in Chinese: “Special thanks to all the AIDS heroes and friends and supporters of our project.” This was a proud moment for the Chinese people.
In fact, the award was a big surprise for her. She was dining with her colleagues when she received word that her film had been nominated, but she did not expect to win.
She did not prepare an evening dress for the red carpet on that special day. Luckily, a French company helped her find a long black dress which she wore with a red ribbon on her breast to indicate her role as an AIDS volunteer.
“My mind went blank when I heard my name,” she said with a smile on her face, “When I saw those famous actors and film makers sitting down there, it was like a dream come true and I felt I was the luckiest person in the world.”
In collaboration with filmmaker Thomas F. Lennon, Yuby yang won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Short Documentary. [sina.com.cn]
Raise Social Awareness on Aids
Ms Yang expressed her commitment to working with CAMP (China AIDS Media Project) to promote AIDS awareness in
She has not shown the film to the children in Yingzhou yet because she didn’t want them to feel sorry for themselves. “I wish that when they grow older, they will be mentally strong enough to watch it. For them, a happy childhood is the most important thing now,”She said.
“If my work can eliminate people’s prejudice and discrimination against AIDS carriers and improve the living situation of those infected children, it would be the most valuable affirmation of this documentary.
Born in Hong Kong, Ruby Yang moved to
In 1997, she directed her first feature documentary, Citizen Hong Kong, then in 2000 the hour long documentary
She served as Series Editor for Bill Moyers' Becoming American - the Chinese Experience (PBS, March 2003). Prior work includes editing Spencer Nakasako's A.K.A. Don Bonus, which aired on P.O.V. and won an Emmy, and the award-winning All Power to the People. In 2000, she directed and edited
Ruby Yang is now based in
(Source: Nan Fang Weekend/ Translated by Women of China)
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