Xie Fei (b. 1942 China) is one of the greatest Chinese directors of the 4th generation. He graduated from Beijing Film Academy of China then was hired there as a professor, later appointed as Chair of the Directing Department and Vice-President. Several of his films have been distributed in the west and won both domestic and foreign festival awards, including the Golden Bear in Berlin in 1993. He now works and lives in Beijing where he is still teaching as art consultant at BFA.

His directorial style is introspective, insightful and quietly immersive. He takes viewers on slow, intensely personal journeys into the lives and loves of ordinary people – some lonely and filled with unspoken yearnings and naive hopes as they toil against the relentless confines of their everyday existence and others resonating with the unflagging strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

“The best films are not just about unique individuals, they are metaphors for the society and time in which they are made.” – Xie Fei


  • 1983 Our Fields
  • 1986 A Girl from Hunan
  • 1989 Black Snow
  • 1993 Woman from the Lake of Scented Souls
  • 1995 A Mongolian Tale
  • 2000 Song of Tibet (Yeshe Dolma)