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Ning Ying


“No matter at whom you’re aiming the movie-camera, the most important thing is searching the deepest common resonance between yourself behind the camera, and your subject in front of the camera. When you find it you will overcome any problem of artistic form, or productive limitation and even the differences of race or culture.”



Born in Beijing, she spent her childhood during the turbulent years of the Cultural Revolution. She studied cinema at Beijing Film Academy and later at Italy’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, where she met influential masters such as Fellini, Antonioni and Bernardo Bertolucci who appointed her as assistant director for his epic The Last Emperor. Soon after she began directing her own films for the Beijing Film Studio in China, and her works have won ample recognition from international film critics and festivals. In 2003 she has been fellow at Harvard University Asia Center. In 2005 she was awarded as “Cavaliere” by the President of the Republic of Italy. She’s been jury member of numerous international film festivals such as Berlin, Locarno, Torino, Yamagata, etc. She was nominated among 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, by Peace Women Across the Globe association. She is currently living and working in Beijing where since 2008, besides her regular filmmaking… read more


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Ayomidotun Freeborn


NIng YIng... female$*%^&#*#... surprised also. But her works are great...

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John Calvin Story


Whoa... I didn't know Ning Ying was a woman!