Finding Yingying

Finding Yingying

Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old Chinese student, comes to the U.S. to study. In her detailed and beautiful diaries, the aspiring young scientist and teacher is full of optimism, hoping to also be married and a mother someday. Within weeks of her arrival, Yingying disappears from the campus. Through exclusive access to Yingying’s family and boyfriend, Finding Yingying closely follows their journey as they search to unravel the mystery of her disappearance and seek justice for their daughter while navigating a strange, foreign country. But most of all, Finding Yingying is the story of who Yingying was: a talented young woman loved by her family and friends.

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Jiayan "Jenny" Shi




Director: Jiayan "Jenny" Shi
Executive Producer: Gordon Quinn, Jolene Pinder, Mark Mitten, Ken Pelletier
Producer: Brent E. Huffman, Diane Quon
Cinematographer: Jiayan "Jenny" Shi, Shilin Sun
Editor: John Farbrother
Sound Designer: Periscope Post & Audio
Music: Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero
Principal Cast: Ronggao Zhang, Lifeng Ye, Xiaolin Hou, Xinyang Zhang, Liqin Ye
Additional Credits: Motion Graphics: Jesse Kerman, Post-Production Manager: Matt Taylor, Colorist: Periscope Post & Audio, Co-Executive Producer: Shizuka Asakawa, Co-Executive Producer: Peng Zhao, Cherry Chen, Co-Producer: Shilin Sun


Amanda Lebow, Josh Braun,
Public Film Contact
Tim Horsburgh
Kartemquin Films
Publicity Contact
David Magdael
Sales Agent
CAA, Submarine
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2020
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Asia, Woman, Documentary
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: China, United States
Language: English, Mandarin
Runtime: 97 mins