Yung Chang

Yung Chang

Program Completed at the CFC

The CFC NFB Documentary Program

Completion Year

2009

Current Information

Biography

Montreal based writer/director Yung Chang earned a degree in film production from Concordia University and is also a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City, where he studied the Meisner technique. His first documentary film, Earth to Mouth (2003), produced by the NFB, a beautifully crafted meditation on migrant farm labour, food production and Canada's Chinese community, circulated widely on the international festival circuit, winning awards at the International Film and Video Festival in Columbus, Ohio, and Montreal's Rencontres Internationales du documentaire. His first feature-length documentary, Up the Yangtze (2007), in which the highly contested Three Gorges Dam forms a dramatic and unsettling backdrop for a moving and richly detailed narrative of a peasant family negotiating unprecedented historic changes, received wide acclaim. Award highlights include: Best Canadian Documentary, 2007 Vancouver International Film Festival; Best Documentary Feature, 2008 San Francisco International Film Festival; 2008 Toronto International Film Festival Group Canada's Top 10 film; finalist for the IDFA Joris Ivens Award, 2007 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; and Grand Jury nominee for best documentary in the World Cinema competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Yung Chang is also the recipient of the 2008 Yolande and Pierre Perrault award for most promising filmmaker at the 2008 Rendez-vous du cinema québecois; received the 2008 Don Haig Award at Hot Docs; and the Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in North Carolina.