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Weina Zhao – director searching for her family history

As a child, Weina Zhao spent every summer in her birthplace, Beijing.

“In our family, there was always the funny anecdote that my grandpa only takes cold showers,” Weina Zhao says. “It wasn’t until I researched for my film Weiyena that I found out why.” Weina Zhao was born in Beijing and moved to Vienna with her family when she was three years old. Her parents even named her after this city in Chinese. During her sinology studies at the local university, she became more and more interested in the film industry, took on smaller jobs, and, after completing her master’s degree, decided, together with Judith Benedikt, to make a film about her family history.

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