Filmmaker Ruby Yang has worked on a range of feature and documentary films exploring Chinese themes as director, producer and editor. She won an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject for The Blood of Yingzhou District in 2007. She is also known for her feature documentary Citizen Hong Kong and the award winning documentary My Voice, My Life.
With filmmaker Thomas F. Lennon, Yang founded the Chang Ai Medi Project in 2003 to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in China. Since then, its documentaries and public service announcements have been seen by hundreds of millions of Chinese viewers. Together they made a trilogy of short documentary films about modern China, including The Blood of Yingzhou District, which won an Oscar, Tongzhi in Love and The Warriors of Qiugang which was nominated for Academy Award Best Documentary Short Subject in 2011.
Yang lived and worked in San Francisco for many years, relocated to Beijing in 2004 and now lives in Hong Kong. She was appointed by the University of Hong Kong as Hung Leung Hau Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities in 2013. Her feature documentary My Voice, My Life was named one of “Hong Kong’s five most-notable films of 2014” by Wall Street Journal. Her 2016 documentary In Search of Perfect Consonance received the Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Sedona International Film Festival. Her recent mid-length documentary Ritoma, follows the nomads of Ritoma as they navigate the collision of tradition and modernity. In May 2019, she received Artist of the Year in Film of Hong Kong Arts Development Awards.
Yang is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She now heads the Hong Kong Documentary Initiative at the University of Hong Kong, which aims to nurture the next generation of documentary filmmakers in the region. A complete listing of her films is on imdb.