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World Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA | 93 MINUTES | English, Hindi, Mandarin, Russian | English subtitles


Female Director(s), Documentary
Most of us perceive that world population is still growing at an alarming rate, with declining births in the developed world being offset by growing populations in the developing world. But are these claims of population explosion mere outdated scaremongering or do they bear some truth? Taking cues from the groundbreaking research of statistics guru, Hans Rosling, Misconception offers a fascinating glimpse at how the world is tackling these population shifts. Following three distinct stories, director Jessica Yu grapples with the way in which macro population trends affect the individual. As all three subjects point to the continued failure of top-down policy making to serve the best interests of their populations, Misconception forges an insight into this highly charged political issue, on a human level, to reveal how we are all ultimately striving for the same goal.

-Frederic Boyer


Directed by Jessica Yu

Jessica Yu’s award-winning body of work includes her film Breathing Lessons, which won an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short; her documentary for Participant Media on the water crisis, Last Call at the Oasis, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; and documentaries such as Protagonist, In the Realms of the Unreal, HBO’s The Living Museum, and the hybrid short The Kinda Sutra, all of which premiered at Sundance. Her feature comedy debut, Ping Pong Playa, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
Jessica Yu
Elise Pearlstein, Jessica Yu
Jessica Yu, Miranda Yousef
Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann
Nick Urata
Sandra Keats
Buddy Squires, Shana Hagan, Nathan Golon, Aiguo Liu, Nick Ball


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