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Xinyan is an award-winning video journalist and filmmaker based in Washington DC.

 

Born and raised in Wuhan, China, Xinyan started her journalism career in 2012 working as a producer covering the Asia Pacific region for BBC News based in Beijing. In 2018, she launched the North America video team for Hong Kong’s flagship newspaper South China Morning Post in New York, and later joined the BBC's Washington DC bureau as a Senior Video Journalist in 2020.

 

In the past decade, Xinyan has covered a wide range of breaking news events, from the Rohingya refugee crisis to the US 2020 Presidential Election. 

 

Now working as an independent filmmaker, Xinyan has directed and produced for international broadcasters and programs including the BBC, NHK, PBS NOVA, PBS Frontline, Channel New Asia, etc. She is a New America National Fellow, a Firelight Media Doc Lab fellow, a Brown Girls Doc Mafia Sustainable Artist fellow and an alumnus of the Yaddo Residency.

Xinyan's passion for storytelling stems from her experience growing up in a community of steel factory workers and living through dramatic socioeconomic and geopolitical changes in China. Her work now straddles two worlds -  documenting the socioeconomic and geopolitical changes in the Global South where she is from and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities in the developed world where she is living and working now. 

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China's Science Revolution, a 23-min documentary Xinyan produced, won the 2015 BBC Storytelling Fund and the "Highly Commended" entry for excellent online production at the 2016 AIB Awards.

Xinyan's short film Fighting fentanyl won the Gold Prize for Best Use of Online Video at the 2019 WAN-IFRA Asian Digital Media Awards.

A short news feature Xinyan produced, shot and edited for BBC News, Are America's unvaccinated changing their minds?, won one of the White House News Photographers Association's Eyes of History: Digital Storytelling awards in 2022.
 

The Young People Who “Ran” out of China, a feature Xinyan shot won the ONA 2023 Digital Video Storytelling, Short Form, Small/Medium Newsroom.

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FILMS
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FILMS

MADE IN ETHIOPIA

 

(91 minutes, 2024)

Co-director / Co-producer

 

Supported by Ford Foundation, Firelight Media, the Danish Film Institute, IDA, InMaat Foundation and SFFLIM. 

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PBS NOVA

 

INSIDE CHINA'S TECH BOOM

 

(54 minutes, 2023)

Co-director / Co-producer

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NHK

 

THE DAY I GAVE UP MY DAUGHTER

 

(49 minutes, 2023)

DoP, United States 

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SCMP FILM

 

FIGHTING FENTANYL

(15 minutes, 2019)

Director, DoP, Editor 

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BBC WORLD

CANNABIS: AMERICA'S GREEN GOLD RUSH

 

(23 minutes, 2023)​

Director, DoP, Editor 

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THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO RAN OUT OF CHINA

 

(13 minutes, 2023)

Winner of ONA 2023 Digital Video Storytelling, Short Form

DoP, United States 

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BBC 100 Women

THE WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE CLIMATE BATTLE

 

(23 minutes, 2023)​

DoP, United States 

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TOUGH OLD BROADS

 

(90 minutes, in post production)

DoP, United States 

Get in Touch

Xinyan is available for hire as director, cinematographer, TV/documentary producer, and editor worldwide, especially in the Greater China region, Asia, United States and East Africa, where she travels between frequently.

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