Slow Boats to China


A journey of self-exploration, the film sums up all the efforts its makers made to synthesize a story out of their real life struggle and frustration, but its dissolution into fragmented lyric. A movie that ultimately rejects a story-form narritive about Chinese diaspora or diasporic conciousness. It is a small and personal attempt to speak to oneself while addressing others who are maybe stuck in a similar situation. The film was made in collaboration with Margin Zheng and Naren Roy.

The film is made as my thesis to the Department of Anthropology at Haverford College.

Bicentennial City

Production Assistant/Cinematographer/Co-Editor


A portrait of untold stories from Philadelphia and the celebration of America’s 200th birthday party in 1976. This essay film “Bicentennial City” captures the voices behind the years of planning that led to events for, ultimately, two million visitors. The film spotlights the city as a dynamic place of unrecognized communal activity like the Save Chinatown Movement, the Vendor Wars, and the tremendous hub of creativity at Philadelphia International Records with a focus on session drummer Earl Young who invented the Disco beat.

Directed by Thomas Devaney, Matthew Suib, and Aaron Igler with Hilary Brashear, Julia Coletti, Jixin Jia, Edward Ogborn, Cole Sansom, and Grace Sue. Produced by the Summer DocuLabs Program, a joint initiatiive of the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities and VCAM at Haverford College.

Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer, Haverford Magazine.

*This video is a teaser. To watch the full movie, please contact me via email to request a private link. 



Mutimedia Exhibition|2019|USA,TURKEY

This exhibition is a work of collaboration by Jixin Jia and Bilge Yilmaz. The two were located in Turkey and the U.S.A. Through email and Whatsapp, they were able to work together on a photography collage and two video installations. The exhibit explores how seperation in time and space create new forms of non-verbal conversation, and how “distance” is re-introduced into our lives when the “information superhighway” becomes ubiquitous in our daily lives in the age globalization. 

Created by Jixin Jia and Bilge Yilmaz. Curated by Courtney Carter.

Featured in Haverblog.


Production Assistant/Editor/Colorist

Created by Bilge Nur Yilmaz ’21, OBSERVATORY was a series of in-person immersive and distant performance explorations that encouraged the audience to discover themes of privacy, memory, and perception.

Originally performed Wednesday, May 19, 8:30pm-12:30am at Haverford College Apartments 46 2C-2, OBSERVATORY Setting II “VOYEURS” was a four-hour aleatoric performance window with whims, rituals, and music—without a set structure. At any time during these four hours, audience members could take a voyeuristic gaze into “the room” to observe someone within their habitat, through a distancing window — an alternative glass screen for an alternative stage. By investigating the oneness of our solitary experiences, OBSERVATORY made use of mnemonic devices, symbols, metaphors, and temporal sickness all through the vitreous prism of mirrors, windows, and screens. This excerpted video footage condenses the four hour performance down to one hour, without audio for gallery exhibition.

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Created by Bilge Nur Yilmaz ’21. Edited by Jixin Jia ’21. Sponsored by the E. Clyde Lutton 1966 Memorial Fund and the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Lingua Franca



A mockumentary that mimics and transforms the style of traditional ethnographic films. It explores manipulations of languages in documentary filmmaking, cross-cultural encounter as well as colonial gaze.

Directed by Jixin Jia and Emily Hsu.

Tri-Co Film Festival 2019 Finalist.

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