MOCAREADS: Finding the “Lost and Abandoned” with Jessica Yu

Sat, Feb 24, 2018 @ 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Tickets: $12/adult; $8 student & senior; FREE for MOCA members. Register here


Can one person make a difference? Join Jessica Yu, filmmaker of the Academy Award-winning documentary Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien, In the Realm of the Unreal, Ping Pong Playa, for her literary debut, Garden of the Lost and Abandoned: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Woman and the Children She Saves. The book follows the life and work of Gladys Kalibbala, an Ugandan-born journalist whose weekly column, “Lost and Abandoned,” seeks to reunite castaway and lost children with their families.


In Uganda, millions of children lack parental support, and in the capital city, Kampala, thousands of them, some without names, roam the streets, their plight often neglected. But Gladys, devoting what little money and time she has, does not hesitate to dive into difficult or even dangerous situations to help a child.


Join us for a discussion with Jessica Yu about what inspired her to write this book, the weeks she spent shadowing Gladys for stories around Uganda, and the transformative power of an ordinary person dedicated to serving her community.



About the author

Jessica Yu is a prolific filmmaker known for both her scripted and nonfiction work, which includes the Academy Award-winning short "Breathing Lessons." Jessica also directs episodic TV, including "Grey's Anatomy," "Parenthood," and most recently "13 Reasons Why." She lives in Southern California.


Author photo cred: Braden Moran