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UCLA student Lisa Ranran Hu is 2019 MTV EMA Generation Change Award winner

Shiden Tekle, Lisa Ranran Hu, Alfredo Martinez, Kelvin Doe, Jamie Margolin

Shiden Tekle, Lisa Ranran Hu, Alfredo Martinez, Kelvin Doe, Jamie Margolin

Student filmmaker Lisa Ranran Hu, 20, of China is one of the five honorees for the 2019 MTV Europe Music Award Generation Change Award, MTV announced on October 29, 2019. Her fellow honorees are Kelvin Doe, 22, of Sierra Leone, Jamie Margolin, 17, of the United States, Alfredo “Danger” Martinez, 33, of Mexico and Legally Black UK co-creator Shiden Tekle, 20, of the United Kingdom.

Hu is currently studying at the University of California, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, USA. She wrote, directed and produced an original feature film titled “Escape,” which powerfully portrayed a young woman’s experiences of being transgender in China, which incited public discussion about the country’s stance on LGBTQIA+ issues.

“Escape” is 75 minute long. The film, which explores the journey and experiences of a young transgender teenager living in China, created a huge stir online in China and made headlines in the international press.

After “Escape,” Hu played a bar patron in the short film “Stand Up.” She was also the cinematographer of another short film titled “Photographic Condition of Death.”


As the writer, director, and producer of “Escape,” Hu was named one of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 as nominated by Emma Watson, TIME Magazine’s 30 Most Influential Teens and Forbes Asia’s 30 Under 30.

Including Hu, the five selected change makers from across the globe will receive their awards from iconic MTV personality Sway Calloway during the 2019 MTV EMAs live red carpet pre-show in Seville, Spain on November 3, 2019. MTV International will make a monetary donation to each honoree’s organization and amplify their transformational work and unique stories across the brand’s social and digital platforms in nearly 180 countries.

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