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An ambitious woman struggles with the decision of pursuing a career over motherhood and balancing desire and obligation.

  • Michelle C. Yu
    Director
    Like Her, Insomnia
  • Michelle C. Yu
    Writer
    Like Her, Insomnia
  • Lisa Yue
    Producer
    Like Her, Insomnia
  • Caitlin Nelson
    Key Cast
    "Julia Burnett"
  • Mahmoud Mahmoud
    Key Cast
    "Sean Rossman"
  • Nikki Miller
    Key Cast
    "Young Julia"
  • Tim Irvine
    Key Cast
    "Steve Burnett"
  • Ali Nasser
    Key Cast
    "Karim Rahal"
  • Gionni Perez
    Key Cast
    "Matthias Rahal"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 12, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Columbia University
  • Hollywood Women's Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    June 18, 2019
    West Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival
    Ridgewood, NJ
    United States
    April 24, 2019
    East Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Syracuse Student Film Festival
    Syracuse, NY
    United States
    April 28, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Harvard College Film Festival
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
    United States
    April 17, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Michelle C. Yu

Michelle C. Yu is a filmmaker and writer based in the New York metropolitan area. Her work has been recognized by over 50 competitions and festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, National YoungArts Foundation, and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

She has contributed to projects featured on SHOWTIME, Spectrum, HBO, and Oxygen under various production companies. Michelle has also worked at WarnerMedia (CNN Special Report), NBCUniversal (NBC News NOW), Edgeline Films (WEINER, THE FIGHT), The Documentary Group (CARTEL LAND, GIRL RISING), Downtown Community Television (ON POINTE, AXIOS), and with Academy-Award® nominee Christine Choy (WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?). She is pursuing a B.A. in Film Studies and Sociology at Columbia University.

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Director Statement

In this timely narrative, the debate remains whether the increased choices that working women have are really choices that they can freely choose from. Young women continue to ponder the question of whether or not to have kids, and whether they truly have equality in the workforce and in marriage.

Is the decision to delay motherhood or not have children fully accepted by society's standards?