Raised in China by university art professors, Yoyo grew tired of being censored by the Chinese government as she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Film Directing at the Communication University of China. Yoyo embarked on her own journey to Los Angeles and received her Masters in Film Production at Loyola Marymount University. Her experience of being a Director and DP of documentary films had a very profound effect on her vision as a storyteller. Her documentaries observe how class and regional lines collide to debunk Chinese propaganda about equality in that country. 

Yoyo Li is an international documentary filmmaker whose films have been awarded Jury Prizes, played at Cannes, and selected to be work-shopped at the esteemed Film Independent Lab. In addition to documentary filmmaking, Yoyo is also an award-winning Production Designer and has recently directed her first experimental short film - a dystopian dark comedy, Y2-10-10-1.
Her first feature film We Are Nowhere is in development.

Films by Yoyo Li

Under The Same Sky

During the Chinese government's national campaign on "equal" education, discover the different reality of a city versus a countryside boy as they both go to school.