Lixin Fan (範立欣, Fàn Lìxīn), b. March 1977, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, is a Montreal, Quebec, Canada-based documentary film director with the Canadian production company EyeSteelFilm and previously a producer/journalist at China’s state broadcaster CCTV.
Early life and career
Lixin Fan was born and raised in Wuhan and attended the Huazhong University of Science and Engineering, graduating with a degree in English at the age of twenty-one. during its years of rapid economic development. He began his career as a journalist with the government owned national TV broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). While traveling the country Fan witnessed social and economic inequalities spurred by China’s rapid economic expansion. As a result, he became a documentary filmmaker with a focus on social issues.
He also worked as an associate producer, sound recordist, and translator on the acclaimed 2007 feature documentary Up the Yangtze.
His 2009 debut feature documentary film Last Train Home won several awards in the category of documentary filmmaking.
- 2009: Won Best Feature Documentary at the 22nd annual International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) for his debut film Last Train Home
- 2009: Won Cinémathèque Québécoise Best Quebec film award at the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) also for Last Train Home
- 範立欣 Archived 2016-04-18 at the Wayback Machine 覓 趣 (Miqu)
- "Bio: Lixin Fan" Archived 2013-08-02 at the Wayback Machine, P.O.V. TV series website
- To Live Is Better Than To Die on IMDb
- "Overview: To Live Is Better Than To Die", The New York Times
- The Globe and Mail: "Canadian documentary wins international prize" Archived 2009-12-05 at the Wayback Machine
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