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AsiaLENS Finding Yingying Virtual Screening

  • Event Date: Friday, April 2, 2021–Friday, April 9, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 pm (CDT) Friday–8:00 pm (CDT) Friday
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: Free, registration required

Virtual Screening (Vimeo)

The virtual screening of the film Finding Yingying will take place from April 2nd at 5:00 pm to April 9th at 8:00 pm. After registering for the online conversation with Jiayan "Jenny" Shi (director, producer, cinematographer), Brent E. Huffman (producer), and Shilin Sun (co-producer, cinematographer), you will receive a link to the film in the Zoom registration confirmation email.

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About Finding Yingying

An award-winning documentary debut by Chicago-based filmmaker Jiayan Shi, Finding Yingying presents the tragic story of Yingying Zhang, the 26-year-old Chinese student who disappeared from the University of Illinois campus in 2017. In deftly balancing one of the most tragic events to befall Urbana-Champaign, this film humanizes Yingying through her own diary reflections and the perspectives of her family and friends. With exclusive access gained by trust, Shi closely follows the family's journey as they search to unravel the mystery of Yingying's disappearance and seek justice for their daughter while navigating a strange, foreign country. As an international student, Shi knowingly conveys the universal hopes, dreams, and fears of families with loved ones studying abroad.


Illinois Global Institute, Center for African Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, European Union Center, The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Flyer for the film Finding Yingying
Please note that this program does NOT take place at the Spurlock Museum.
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For further information on this event, contact Katya Reno at or (217) 244-8483

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.