Finding Courage

Director : Kay Rubacek

Finding Courage poster Australian Film Festival OZIFF

Overview & Credits


This captivating and intense film depicts the struggles of Yifei Wang, a former journalist for the Chinese Communist Party, who now lives in exile in San Francisco. She endeavors to adjust to life in America while working to heal her family's wounds caused by a tragic past. Yifei seeks justice for her sister, who was murdered by the Chinese authorities. The movie features rare undercover footage of a meeting with the director of the labor camp where her sister was killed, revealing shocking revelations of torture, slave labor, corruption, and a general disregard for human life that still exists in today's camp system. In-depth interviews with former officials of the Chinese Communist Party offer a unique glimpse into the hidden world of terror that countless Chinese citizens endure without ever realizing that freedom exists beyond their realm.

Director Biography

Formally trained in the visual arts, Kay was a producer/writer in the gaming industry and international media for 15 years before transitioning into filmmaking. She is now a producer, director, and writer for Swoop Films. Kay has been an advocate for and a writer on China-related issues since 2001 when she was arrested for protesting on Tiananmen Square in Beijing and experienced the inside of a Chinese prison.


Paulio Shakespeare - Producer
Kay Rubacek - Producer / Writer
Andrew Parker - Writer

Key Cast

Yifei Wang
Liansu Wang