An Oscar win for her documentary, Blood of Yingzhou District, is nice, but filmmaker Ruby Yang’s larger goal is to help victims of China’s AIDS crisis.
THE CONCEPT SEEMED simple enough: make film about the suffering, neglect and mistreatment of AIDS orphans in China, show film and encourage change. The catch: screen film on Chinese national television. Key terms: censorship, Communist government, bureaucracy, conservative culture and lack of funding. The surprise: win Academy Award.