A courtyard of Chinese students of US colleges comes alive at night in the heart of Beijing. Previously unbeknownst to each other, they form lasting friendships as they live together in the traditional architecture and take remote classes or a gap year. These students create a community for themselves in the 35 days leading up to the US presidential election. Facing the multi-layered uncertainty of 2020 as young adults together, they reflect on what their cultural backgrounds make of them, as well as their privileges, home(s), positions in the world and the meaning of life.


  • Wendi Yan: Director
  • Wendi Yan; Producer
  • Wendi Yan; Editor
  • Wendi Yan; Cinematographer


  • Project Title (Original Language): 四合院
  • Project Type: Documentary, Feature, Student
  • Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Completion Date: August 31, 2021
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Country of Filming: China
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Shooting Format: digital
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Film Color: Color
  • First-time Filmmaker
  • Student Project