Xinyan Yu is a video journalist and filmmaker based in Washington DC. She has been directing, shooting and editing news features and short documentaries at international media outlets for a decade. Born in Wuhan, China, Xinyan started her career covering breaking news in the Asia Pacific region as a producer for BBC News. Her 23-min BBC documentary China’s Science Revolution won the 2015 BBC Storytelling Fund and was Highly Commended for Excellent Online Production at the 2016 AIB Awards. Her 15-min short film for South China Morning Post, Fighting Fentanyl: the Drug from China Destroying American Lives, won the Gold Prize for Best Use of Online Video at the 2019 WAN-IFRA Asian Digital Media Awards. Made in Ethiopia (working title) is her feature documentary debut.
Three pioneering women navigate the bumpy expansion of the biggest Chinese industrial zone in Ethiopia. But as conflict threatens to tear the country apart, will their sacrifices be for nothing?