The Speech

United States
25 min.



Director | Haohao Yan
Script | Haohao Yan
Director of photography | Anton Shavlik
| Luqi Zhao
Sound | Nathan Ruyler
Producer | Xiaoxiao Li
Production company | American Film Institute



Beijing, 2003 – While the SARS epidemic unravels social norms, three eight-year-old girls uncover personal truths during a school lockdown.


About the director:

Haohao Yan is a Chinese director and screenwriter. She received her MFA in directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2019. Her thesis film The Speech, a short film about three eight-year-old girls’ quarantined life during the 2003 SARS epidemic in China was selected for the 2020 CAA Moebius Showcase, premiered at Palm Springs International ShortFest, and won Special Mention of the Jury at the 68th San Sebastian International Film Festival. Prior to her directing career she received her BA in Producing from UCLA School of Film and Television, where she mainly focused and worked on Chinese-American Co-production films.