Li Cheng is a writer, director and producer born in China, who later moved to the USA in 1999, and has been a global nomad since 2015. His key themes are: struggle, crisis, hope. Cheng left research in biotechnology in 2007 to focus on film and his first feature film, JOSHUA TREE (2014), which revolves around the American dream crisis, a critique of American culture. His second feature film, JOSE (2018), premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2018, and was awarded the Queer Lion the next day. For the project, he conducted an investigation in 12 Latin American countries and lived in Guatemala for two years, a difficult place filled with youthful hope. Cheng holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.