Finding Yingying

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SXSW Film Festival (WINNER: Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice)

DOC NYC | Chicago International Film Festival


“An intense and heartbreaking work”Film Threat

“Intimate and haunting” - The Hollywood Reporter

“Nuanced and unnerving … A haunting true crime documentary” - IndieWire

“A heartrending debut”Chicago Reader


“Life is too short to be ordinary.” - Yingying Zhang diary entry, June 1, 2017

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.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    98 minutes
  • Language
    English, Mandarin
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    SXSW Film Festival
  • Rating
    Not rated
  • Note
    This film is partly subtitled in English. Optional closed captions are available.
  • Director
    Jiayan “Jenny” Shi
  • Producer
    Brent E. Huffman, Diane Quon, Jiayan “Jenny” Shi
  • Executive Producer
    Mark Mitten, Ken Pelletier, Jolene Pinder, Gordon Quinn
  • Co-Producer
    Shilin Sun
  • Cinematographer
    Jiayan “Jenny” Shi, Shilin Sun
  • Editor
    John Farbrother
  • Music
    Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero