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DocuClub NY: Dissidents


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    Yi Chen, Director
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    Titi Yu, Producer

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About the Screening


Join the International Documentary Association and DCTV on Friday, April 24, for the DocuClub work-in-progress screening of the film Dissidents. We will be joined by director Yi Chen and producer Titi Yu for a moderated audience feedback session.

About the Work-in-Progress Film: Dissidents

Dissidents is a verité documentary about three exiled Chinese dissidents’ unyielding pursuit of justice and determination to defend democracy. The story follows the extraordinary journey of an artist, an activist, and a protestor confronting transnational surveillance, threats, and assaults in the US.

About DocuClub

DocuClub NY is a collaboration between IDA and DCTV. DocuClub is a work-in-progress screening series offering the public and members of the documentary film community a first look of new projects. Filmmakers and creators have the opportunity to showcase their rough cut and consult feedback from their peers and audience. To apply to participate in DocuClub with your own work-in-progress project, click here.

The screening will be held at the Firehouse: DCTV's Cinema for Documentary Film (87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013)

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Screening, followed by a moderated feedback discussion with the filmmakers - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. 

Space is limited. All RSVPs are first-come, first-served. Admission not guaranteed.

ASL and/or live captioning can be requested for the feedback discussion. Please email your request to by April 10, 2023.

Event Participants

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    Yi Chen

    Yi Chen is a D.C. based filmmaker with over a decade of experience creating social justice centered documentary films to advance new narratives from underrepresented perspectives. Her feature directorial debut FIRST VOTE, following four Asian American voters in North Carolina and Ohio divided by politics during the 2018 midterm elections, qualified for 2021 Oscars in the categories of Best Picture and Documentary Feature. The film won a Telly Awards and Special Jury Award at the 36th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. FIRST VOTE had a national broadcast on American Documentary’s America ReFramed Season 8 (co-produced with WORLD Channel) and was acquired by PBS Distribution. Yi’s work has been funded by Ford Foundation JustFilms, Open Society Foundations, ITVS, Center for Asian American Media, Kartemquin Films, Southern Documentary Fund, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, NY Foundation for the Arts, and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Her work has been featured in NBC News, the Washington Post, BBC News, NPR, Salon, Indie Wire, and Documentary Magazine. Yi holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from American University and is a 2019 Soros Equality Fellow.

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    Titi Yu

    Titi Yu is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and multi-media journalist. She has produced and directed a wide range of multi-media projects including podcasts, independent documentaries, and highly stylized television series for PBS, HBO, and Showtime. She has also reported from the frontlines of international conflicts, winning numerous journalism awards including two Emmys for her investigative work with Vice News HBO. Titi is a 2012 Fellow at Columbia University’s Alliance for Historical Dialogue. She holds a B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. from Emerson College.