Millions Like Us

Covid-19 impacts nearly the whole world, and almost anyone physically and mentally. Among the crowds, there exists a special group — Chinese international students who study abroad. Staying in a new country, they experience various kinds of stress generated from the brand new society, culture and learning environment. They may also have language obstacles, cultural shock, and so on. Millions Like Us focuses on these Chinese international students’ experiences with the pandemic, Zoom classes, and mental health issues during the pandemic.

  • Merry May Ma
  • Merry May Ma
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 42 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Mandarin Chinese
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Washington University in St. Louis
Director Biography - Merry May Ma

Hi! I am a filmmaker from Washington University in St. Louis, who just earned a B.A. in Film & Media Studies. I have made about 20 movies since 2020, including short narrative films, documentaries, and experimental/stop-motion films. My next step is to pursue an MFA in Documentary Directing/Production at UCLA.
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Director Statement

My goal is to direct feature-length films that can not only speak to people's hearts but also motivate them to do something positive in their lives and in society.