CIFF screens Chicago-made film ‘Finding Yingying’

Chicago made, award-winning feature documentary, Finding Yingying is screening tonight at the Chicago International Film Festival. 

Produced by Kartemquin FilmsFinding Yingying is Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan “Jenny” Shi’s debut feature documentary. The film follows the story of the Zhang family who, in the summer of 2017, travel to the United States from China in search of their missing 26-year old daughter. Principle photography took place from Summer 2017 to Fall 2019 giving director Jenny Shi enough time to create an engrossing film going beyond the mystery of Yingying’s disappearance.

Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Voice

WINNER – Best Documentary Feature
2020 Loudoun Arts Film Festival

WINNER – Best Documentary Feature
2020 Middlebury New Filmmakers Film Festival

2020 Chicago International Film Festival

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival

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.

Finding Yingying is available virtually from October 16th through Sunday, October 25th

Tonight – Friday, October 16th at 9:00pm
with director Jiayan “Jenny” Shi, producer Brent E. Huffman, and
cinematographer Shilin Sun

To request a virtual ticket, please email:

Directed by Jiayan “Jenny” Shi
Produced by Brent E. Huffman and Diane Quon
Executive produced by Sheila Nevins, Mark Mitten, Ken Pelletier,
Jolene Pinder, and Gordon Quinn

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