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2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Under the Same Sky


Directed by Yoyo Li

Shorts Competition / China, USA / 2016 / 19 mins / Mandarin with English subtitles / Color / 16:9, D-Cinema

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Downtown Independent
April 30, 2017 11:30 am


In 2014, the Chinese government started a new national campaign on equal elementary education, but at the same time strengthened the residential registration system to segregate the rural and urban areas. Through this documentary, watch as class and regional lines collide to debunk the Chinese propaganda about equality. The truth: the elementary education in China puts young children under unbearable and shocking pressure. Having personally suffered from the Chinese education system while growing up, the director shares its deep-seated political influence.

Director's Bio

Tired of being censored by the Chinese government on what stories she could tell, Yoyo embarked on her own journey to Los Angeles and is currently attending Loyola Marymount University. While receiving her Masters in Film Production, she has discovered that her voice has been unheard for far too long and seeks to share stories of adversity, gender, and fantasy. Besides directing and writing, Yoyo is also an award-winning production designer.


Director: Yoyo Li
Cinematographer: Yoyo Li
Production Sound: Liang Wong
Sound Mixer: Weiyang Li
Editor: Yoyo Li

Plays in

  1. Cine-Diorama

    Shorts Programs / 100 mins
    Recall those grade school projects where we had to construct stories in a shoebox? These directors ignite our affective memory with miniature scenery, childhood innocence and vapor tea pots. — Kristen Lee

    In This Program: Sampaguita Love, Under the Same Sky, Single Mother Only Daughter, Semiotics of Sab, Please Come Again, The Last Tip, Forever, Chinatown

Dates & Times

Plays In:

Downtown Independent
April 30, 2017 11:30 am