2011 Master of Journalism graduate Vincent Du is among six awardees of this year’s Seed Grants Programme. Along with two other recipients, Vincent was awarded a production grant of HK$150,000 for his film China’s Forgotten Daughters, which was produced by JMSC Honorary Professor Ruby Yang.

Co-organized by CNEX and the Hong Kong Documentary Initiative, which is part of the JMSC’s creative hub, the programme supports emerging documentary filmmakers with cash grants and mentorship from award-winning filmmakers. Winners will receive one-on-one coaching by creative advisors, nine months of residency at the JMSC, and free admission to classes with documentary filmmakers.

China’s Forgotten Daughers tells the story of a daughter’s impassioned search for her birth family and the human cost of China’s one-child policy. The policy has taken a toll on thousands of households and millions of individuals since its implementation in 1979. The penalties imposed by the policy were reason enough for families to give up their daughters in the hope of having sons. Thousands of baby girls were thus torn from their families—left on doorsteps and sent away for adoption. As they take on the struggle of finding their roots, these abandoned daughters must also deal with decades-long separations and impossible odds. But they search anyway, in the hope that finding their families will take away the pain of being an unwanted child—in the hope that there will finally be a real feeling of belonging.

2 August 2017

Master of Journalism graduate awarded Hong Kong Documentary Initiative annual seed grant

2011 Master of Journalism graduate Vincent Du is among six awardees of this year’s Seed Grants Programme. Along with two other recipients, Vincent was awarded a production grant of HK$150,000 for his film China’s Forgotten […]
18 May 2017

Screening of six JMSC student documentaries (2:30pm, 19 May)

Join us for a screening of six short documentaries produced by our Master of Journalism students.   The documentaries are compelling stories of ordinary folks who shared with us their search for identity, their dreams, and […]
23 September 2016

Master classes with Oscar documentarians coming up in October and November

Two-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker James Longley and Academy Award winner Thomas Lennon will be the first instructors of Hong Kong Documentary Initiative’s Master Classes with Oscar Documentarians on 29–30 October and 5–6 November held at the Journalism and […]
20 July 2016

Documentary celebrating peace and friendship through music by Oscar-winning director premieres in Hong Kong

More than 300 guests, including Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Government, attended the premiere of the latest film by Academy Award-winning director Ruby Yang in Hong Kong on 17 […]
5 July 2016

Student documentaries tell stories of Hong Kong people

  JMSC student filmmakers have produced documentaries telling the stories of ordinary Hong Kong people―delving into their dreams, struggles and searches for identity. The documentaries, each lasting 15 minutes, were shown to HKU staff, students […]
18 April 2016

Combining art and functionality can produce powerful documentaries, explains controversial Chinese filmmaker

Documentary filmmaker Zhao Liang believes that all films, whether documentaries or feature films, should also be works of art. Zhao explained his approach of combining art with practical value—such as carrying a social message—during a […]
30 March 2015

Hong Kong student stars at US screening of “My Voice, My Life”

A visually impaired student with a lead role in “My Voice, My Life”, a documentary directed by Oscar-winning JMSC lecturer Ruby Yang, has headlined the film’s screening at the Centre for Asian American Media film festival 2015 (CAAMfest) in San Francisco.
29 October 2014

Documentary by JMSC’s Ruby Yang raises over $900,000 for scholarships

The gala premiere of "My Voice, My Life", a film directed by JMSC documentary teacher, Ruby Yang, that follows the personal journey of four under-privileged Hong Kong high school students, has raised over $900,000 for the University of Hong Kong's First-in-the-Family Education fund.