Xiaolu Wang (she/they) is an emerging documentary filmmaker and a translator from the Hui Muslim Autonomous Region of China, whose practice is based in the mapping of interiority, with the use of video, poetry, memory, translations, and a decolonial lens. Their work have been screened at local venues and international film festivals in countries like Lebanon, Mexico, China, and Argentina. They contributed translations to journals including 单读, onlimbo, and Cinephila.
When they are not studying films, Xiaolu helps out at a friend's donation-based food pop-up, "The Shui Project", or reads the Tao Te Ching. They are a recipient of the 2019 Jerome Film and Media Grant, a fellow of DocX Archive Lab 2021 organized by Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and their work has been generously supported by Metropolitan Regional Arts Council of Minnesota, Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, Jerome Foundation, Women Make Movies, and UnionDocs. They live in Minneapolis with two cats, Marvin and Moto, who sleep on separate couches.
See clips from Xiaolu's films here.
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Original recording date: September 10, 2021