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Winner, Emerging International Filmmaker Award

XiXi is a heartfelt essay film exploring womanhood, autonomy and the power of self-reinvention. Its story revolves around the director Fan’s friendship with XiXi, a captivating performer Fan met in Berlin. Drawn to her unique style and her Chinese roots, Fan discovers a dormant desire in herself to break free from the path of life that is expected. As the years pass, she observes the consequences of XiXi’s free-spirited nature—initially endearing but eventually troublesome. Through intimate video diaries and glimpses into the women’s daily lives, the film explores intergenerational wounds and challenges entrenched beliefs. It sparks a dialogue about accepted social values and their impact on one’s innermost existence. By sharing Fan’s and XiXi’s personal journeys, XiXi offers a mirror for viewers to reflect on their own struggles and the vulnerability that arises when forging a path of one’s own.


  • Director(s)

    • Fan Wu
  • Producer(s)

    • Venice De Castro Atienza
    • Fan Wu
    • Sona Jo
    • Yoonsoo Her
  • Other

    • Private photographs and diaries: Wanru “XiXi” Yang
  • Writer(s)

    • Fan Wu
  • Editor(s)

    • Anna Magdalena Silva Schlenker (ECCA)
  • Cinematography

    • Fan Wu
    • Venice De Castro Atienza
  • Composer

    • Gretchen Jude
  • Sound

    • Eun-ha Ko
  • Visit the film's website

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International Competition supported by

Donner Canadian Foundation

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