Originally from Hong Kong, film director Ruby Yang has made a name for herself by tackling controversial topics in Chinese society.
Originally from Hong Kong, film director Ruby Yang has made a name for herself by tackling controversial topics in Chinese society. In 2007, Yang won an Oscar for her short film documentary The Blood of Yingzhou District, which focused on an outbreak of HIV in Anhui, China. The response in China was palpable, resulting in suppression by the Chinese media but also increased awareness of the virus. Her latest documentary, My Voice, My Life, follows the production of a musical in Hong Kong by “band three” or underserved students, including some who have disabilities. Yang explores the limited opportunities for struggling and disadvantaged students in Hong Kong by telling their individual stories. We caught up with Yang during a visit to Los Angeles for the Chinese American Film Festival to learn more about the inspiration behind her new film and the public’s response to her work.