Chinese Storytellers x Filmmaker Wu Hao

A discussion about Wu Hao's latest film on the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan

Dear readers,

We would like to invite you to join us in a conversation with the acclaimed documentary director Wu Hao on Friday, October 30, at 9 p.m. EST. We will discuss Wu Hao’s latest film, 76 Days, on the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Sign up for the free event HERE.

We encourage you to watch the documentary prior to the discussion at this free public screening (available on October 27).

76 DAYS

76 Days is a recently premiered documentary that offers a raw and emotional look at the struggles of the people of Wuhan, China, in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak. Directed by New York filmmaker Wu Hao (People’s Republic of Desire) and two China-based journalists (Weixi Chen and “Anonymous”) who took enormous personal risks to film at four different hospitals. 76 Days is the first documentary on the coronavirus pandemic to screen at a film festival.

Watch the official trailer of 76 Days, and check out its screening list. Read The Guardian’s review and The Atlantic’s review on the film.

Wu Hao

Wu’s documentary films have received funding support from The Ford Foundation JustFilms, ITVS, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, NYSCA and international broadcasters. His previous feature documentary, People’s Republic of Desire, about China’s live-streaming phenomenon, won the Grand Jury Award at the 2018 SXSW festival, among many other awards. It has screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide and broadcasted nationally on PBS Independent Lens. The New York Times calls the film “hyper-charged,” while The Los Angeles Times says it’s “invariably surprising and never less than compelling.” His latest short, All in My Family, is a Netflix Original Documentary and launched globally in May 2019.

Born and raised in China, Wu now travels between the U.S. and China. From 2008-2011, he was a fellow at New America, a D.C.-based think tank. His writing has appeared on Time.com, Slate.com, Marketplace Radio, Strait Times, China Newsweek, and China Daily. He is a member of the Documentary branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Moderator: Xinyan Yu

Xinyan Yu is an award-winning video journalist and filmmaker based in Washington D.C. A Wuhan native, she has worked for eight years in top-tier newsrooms, including the Associated Press, BBC News and Hong Kong's flagship newspaper, South China Morning Post. Yu is a co-founder of Chinese Storytellers.