Woman With a Movie Camera

Zhen, Zhang
March 2004
Nieman Reports;Spring2004, Vol. 58 Issue 1, p84
This article profiles female film director, Ning Ying. Young filmmakers in China focus on the changing face of the cities in China. Their films offer portraits of ordinary people and their environment. Ning Ying is one of them. Her films, fictional or documentary, stand out because they form a unique and consistently evolving body of work that is infused with social commitment and a penetrating cinematic vision. Born in Beijing, Ning Ying studies at the Beijing Film Academy and later at Italy's Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. Her training included working as assistant director for the 1987 film, The Last Emperor. Soon after, she embarked on her own directing career in China. To date, Ning Ying has made five feature films, and a number of documentaries. On the international level, her best known films include: For Fun; On the Beat; and I Love Beijing, known together as the Beijing Trilogy. Ning Ying's sociological and anthropological interests and approaches evidenced in the trilogy, are more directly expressed in her documentary work beyond Beijing and urban life. In 2001, Ning Ying made a feature-length documentary, Railroad of Hope, a portrait of internal mass migration in China.


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