SXSW Screenings Announced for Finding Yingying and The Dilemma of Desire

Today SXSW announced the schedule for the 2020 Film Festival lineup. Kartemquin is pleased that two thought provoking non-fiction films will world premiere at the festival in next month: Finding Yingying (Documentary Competition) and The Dilemma of Desire (Documentary Spotlight). Check out the full SXSW line-up.


Friday, March 13th at 8:15PM
Alamo Lamar E

Saturday, March 14th at 2:00PM
Violet Crown Cinema 1

Saturday, March 14th at 2:30PM
Violet Crown Cinema 3

Thursday, March 19th at 7:00PM
Alamo Ritz 2

Headed to Austin for SXSW? Add Finding Yingying to your schedule


Saturday, March 14th at 5:15PM
Alamo Lamar A

Monday, March 16th at 7:15PM
Alamo Ritz 2

Wednesday, March 18th at 2:30PM
Violet Crown Cinema 1

Wednesday, March 18th at 3:00PM
Violet Crown Cinema 3

Headed to Austin for SXSW? Add The Dilemma of Desire to your schedule

Dilemma of Desire director Maria Finitzo will also speak on a panel titled “The Politics of Pleasure: Can We Come Together?” with two of the film’s participants, Ti Chang and Dr. Stacey Dutton. They will discuss how claiming the right to sexual pleasure for all bodies is a revolutionary act; consequences of stigmas toward women’s sexual desire; and connections between sexual rights and other rights. 

About the Films
The Dilemma of Desire explores the clash between the power of gender politics and the equally powerful imperatives of female sexual desire. It's directed by Maria Finitzo (In the GameMapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita), and produced by Diane Quon (Minding the Gap) and Cynthia Kane (Sundance Channel, ITVS, and Al Jazeera America).

Finitzo, Quon, and Kane have assembled a powerhouse group of female collaborators for the project, including Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USAAmerican Dream) as executive producer, Ro*Co Films as Global Sales Agents, and a board of advisors that includes 'The Vagina Monologues' creator Eve Ensler, legendary feminist psychologist Carol Gilligan ('In a Different Voice'), and Cynthia Lopez, Executive Director of New York Women in Film and Television.

Finding Yingying follows a Chinese family searching for their missing daughter, an international student who was kidnapped within her first weeks in Illinois in 2017. As foreigners in an unfamiliar country, the family faces unexpected challenges as they attempt to seek justice and find closure.

2018 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) alum Jiayan "Jenny" Shi serves as the film's director, cinematographer and producer. Finding Yingying is produced by Diane Quon (Minding the Gap) and Brent E. Huffman (Saving Mes Aynak); co-produced and cinematography by Shilin Sun; edited by John Farbrother (Abacus: Small Enough to Jail); and executive produced by Gordon Quinn, Jolene Pinder, Mark Mitten and Ken Pelletier.

The film was a recipient of a 2018 Kartemquin Diverse Voices Accelerator Fund; the winner of the 2018 Paley DocPitch Competition at the Paley Center for Media; and just recently won the 2019 American Documentary Film Fund.