Documentary Filmmaking Between China and the US

October 19, 2021 (Tuesday) / 5:00 pm

Harold Prince Theatre, Penn Live Arts, 3680 Walnut Street

Documentary Filmmaking Between China and the US

Hao Wu

Documentary Filmmaker

In celebration of LGBTQ History Month, you are invited to an in-person screening of All in My Family (2019), a short film directed by Hao Wu about his family’s reactions to his decision to have children via surrogacy. Screening to be followed by a Q&A with the director. 

Wu's 2020 documentary film about the COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan, China, 76 Days (co-directed with Weixi Chen and Anonymous), was shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards in the Documentary Feature category and won a Peabody Award in 2021. 76 Days will be available to stream online for free from October 15-20. 

Sponsored by Penn's Cinema & Media Studies Program; Department of History of Art; LGBTQ Center; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program; Center for East Asian Studies; and Wolf Humanities Center.

Hao Wu is a Chinese American independent documentary filmmaker. Having enjoyed a successful career in technology, Wu turned to filmmaking in 2005. His filmography, which also includes Beijing or Bust (2005) and People’s Republic of Desires (2018), has consistently paid attention to individuals living in liminal spaces, such as the space between cultures, between virtual space and everyday life, between heteronormative expectations and queer lifestyles, and in the case of his film 76 Days (2020), literally between life and death.