Following Wuhan’s Coronavirus lockdown, a rural single mother, Zhao, embarks on a dangerous journey in search of her preemie newborn baby stranded in Wuhan City Hospital. Against a harsh, grim winter night, she trudges through trials and tribulations, fighting a way around checkpoints. Joining her path is a mysterious eight-year-old girl, who shares the same determination to reunite with her mother in the city. Surprisingly, as Zhao goes through bureaucratic and physical obstacles, we notice that the little girl has information and solutions just as Zhao needs them. When Zhao finally almost gets to Wuhan, we realize things are not as it seems… Will Zhao find her baby? And who is this mysterious little girl?
Kay Niuyue Zhang is from Wuhan, China, and lives in Los Angeles. She graduated from Duke University with a BA in International comparative studies and History. Graduating soon from the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program, she is a recipient of the merit award of James Bridges and Jack Larson fund. As a director and producer, Kay made several short films and features that went to Oscar qualifying film festivals internationally such as San Diego IFF, SCAD Savannah FF, Flickers’ Rhode Island IFF, St. Louis IFF, USA Film Festival, and Beijing IFF, and won the Gold Medalist of the 47th Student Academy Awards, and Special Jury Prize at the BAFTA Student Film Awards. Her projects are supported by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, FOX Fellowship Endowment Fund, Moustapha and Malek Akkad Endowed Fund, Lisa Lu Foundation, Warner Brothers’ feature project with USC and several other generous funds. Her creativity is inspired by her experience as an international citizen who constantly crosses borders both physically and culturally. She surrounds her creative world with the subtle and sensitive experiences of marginalized and diasporic children and women.
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