2021 Chicken & Egg Award Recipient



Jialing Zhang looking directly ahead and smiling. She has long, dark hair and bangs. Black and white portrait.Jialing Zhang is an independent Chinese filmmaker based in Massachusetts, US. She produced In the Same Breath (Sundance Film Festival, 2021), co-directed and produced One Child Nation (Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, 2019) and Complicit (Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 2017). In 2019, Jialing was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary, a Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures, a Gotham Independent Film Award, and a Peabody Award. Most recently, she won a Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize (US) and a Catholic Media Prize (Germany). 

Before becoming a filmmaker, Jialing worked in journalism in Beijing for six years. She holds a master’s degree from NYU’s School of Journalism. Her films have been grounded in thorough investigation and compassionate storytelling with a focus on human rights. Jialing looks forward to further exploring the potential of the medium, which she believes can inform our understanding of the human condition and lead to social change.