Yu Gu

Director/Producer
A Woman's Work

YU GU is a filmmaker and visual artist born in Chongqing, China and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She explores themes of identity, migration and artistic freedom with a lyrical and visceral approach. Yu’s hybrid documentary A MOTH IN SPRING premiered at Hot Docs International Film Festival and was licensed and distributed by HBO. Her first feature documentary, WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? premiered at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, showed in competition at Hot Docs, and garnered two Best Documentary Awards on the festival circuit. In May 2018, the film was broadcast on Emmy Award-winning series America Reframed on PBS and released across all digital platforms by Vega Baby US. Her second film, A WOMAN’S WORK, is supported by the Sundance Institute, ITVS, Tribeca Film Institute, Firelight Media, Film Independent and the Rockefeller Foundation. In collaboration with artist Gu Xiong and Academy Award-winner Mark J. Harris, Yu is directing INTERIOR MIGRATIONS, a multi-platform project documenting the memories of migrant workers in Canada. The first 3-channel short documentary from this series premiered at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s “Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood” exhibit in 2017. Yu received her MFA in film production from the University of Southern California