IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

Jialing Zhang

Grant Year(s):
2020
Filmmaker Jialing Zhang

Synopsis

Jialing is an Emmy Award-nominated independent Chinese filmmaker based in Massachusetts. She co-directed and produced One Child Nation, winner of Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in 2019. She was nominated for a DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary and a PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary. Her directorial debut, Complicit, ​follows the intimate journey of a benzene-poisoned Chinese migrant worker who takes on the global electronic manufacturing industry premiered at the Human Rights Film Festival in 2017. Jialing worked as a freelance journalist in Beijing for 7 years for various international media outlets​. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from NYU.


 

Film still from Zhang's untitled project.Untitled Chinese in Africa Project

The documentary offers an insider look at a powerful Chinese industrial zone in West Africa, and the profound and complex challenges facing the local community.