April 22

Starlight Media and Kartemquin Films’ WUHAN WUHAN will have its world premiere next week at Hot Docs Festival 2021 in the Special Presentation section. 

Starlight Media and Kartemquin Films’ WUHAN WUHAN will have its world premiere next week at Hot Docs Festival 2021 in the Special Presentation section. 

The film will also screen at CAAMFest 2021 in May.

This new documentary focuses on five stories in Wuhan, China during the COVID19 lock-down, revealing the emotions and resilience at the core of our shared humanity. 

  • Directed by Ontario native, Toronto basedChinese Canadian filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the YangtzeChina HeavyweightThis Is Not a Movie)
  • Produced by Oscar® Nominee Diane Quon (Minding the Gap), Oscar® Winner Donna Gigliotti (Shakespeare in LoveHidden FiguresThe Oscars 2019), and Peter Luo (Crazy Rich Asians).
  • Donnie Yen (Yip Man) is executive producer.

Starlight Media
in association with Kartemquin Films


 A film by Yung Chang
Produced by Donna Gigliotti, Peter Luo, Diane Quon
Executive Produced by DonnieYen


WORLD PREMIERE – Hot Docs Festival 2021
Official Selection – DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2021
Official Selection – NorthwestFest International Documentary Festival 2021
Official Selection – CAAMFest 2021
Official Selection – Sarasota Film Festival 2021
Official Selection – Documentary Edge Festival 2021

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90 minutes, English subtitles, color, 2021

About the film WUHAN WUHAN
When the city of Wuhan, China locked down at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was nearly impossible to get a clear sense of what was happening. But award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) and a group of intrepid videographers were able to document life at the epicenter, including portraits of a couple expecting a baby, quarantined families in a byzantine shelter, dedicated medical workers, and a psychologist facing her own family crisis while helping patients with the unknown threat. In a time when the world needs greater cross-cultural understanding, WUHAN WUHAN is an invaluable depiction of a metropolis joining together to overcome a crisis.

About Director Yung Chang
YUNG CHANG (DIRECTOR) is the director of Up the Yangtze (2007), China Heavyweight (2012), and The Fruit Hunters (2012). He is currently completing a screenplay for his first dramatic feature, Eggplant, which was selected in 2015 to participate in the prestigious Sundance Labs. Chang’s films have premiered at international film festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, and IDFA and have played theatrically in cinemas around the world. Up the Yangtze was one of the top-grossing documentary releases in 2008. In 2013, China Heavyweight became the most widely screened social-issue documentary in Chinese history with an official release in 200 Mainland Chinese cinemas. His films have been critically-acclaimed, receiving awards in Paris, Milan, Vancouver, San Francisco, the Canadian Genie, Taiwan Golden Horse, Cinema Eye Honors, among others and have been nominated at Sundance, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Emmys. Chang’s films have been shown on international broadcasters including PBS, National Geographic, ARTE, ZDF, Channel 4, HBO, TMN, NHK, CBC, TV2, SBS and EBS. Chang is the recipient of the Don Haig Award, the Yolande and Pierre Perrault Award, and the Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award. He is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada. In 2013, he was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

We would like to thank DAVID MAGDAEL & ASSOCIATES, INC. for the press release.