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China's Forgotten Children (被中国遗忘的孩子)

“China’s Forgotten Children” highlights the changes in the China adoption landscape and the growing number of special needs children being abandoned. Told from the perspective of a teen adoptee from China and featuring several adoption authorities, this short video explains China’s little known "aging out" policy and focuses on the plight of special needs orphans waiting to be adopted.

  • Michelle C. Yu
  • Michelle C. Yu
  • Michelle C. Yu
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 4, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    China, United States
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Montclair Art Musuem
    Montclair, New Jersey
    February 18, 2016
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
    Montclair, New Jersey
    Gold Key
  • All American High School Film Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    October 8, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival
    Ridgewood, New Jersey
    United States
    April 21, 2016
    Official Selection; Nomination for Best Documentary; Nomination for Best Student Film
  • NJ High School Film Festival
    Cresskill, New Jersey
    United States
    May 19, 2016
    Finalist; Winner of Special Experience Award
  • Jersey Filmmakers of Tomorrow Film Festival
    Fort Lee, New Jersey
    United States
    November 5, 2016
  • Teen Ink Magazine
    New York, New York
    United States
    February 15, 2016
  • Reel Jersey Girl Film Festival
    Fort Lee, New Jersey
    United States
    March 22, 2017
    Official Selection
  • National YoungArts Foundation
    New York, NY
    United States
    April 25, 2017
    Merit Winner
  • Newark International Film Festival
    Newark, NJ
    United States
    October 12, 2018
    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

Spread the word about special needs and aging out in China orphanages by watching and sharing this video to find these children forever families.