Manman Yang, born and raised up in the southwestern China, a Dong minority. She got her MA from Beijing Film Academy in film and drama studies in 2015. Now she is working as a documentary filmmaker and curator based in Guangzhou.
Driven by cultural shocks from her living experience in the Europe, she decided to use documentary as a way to make the invisible visible. She was the content researcher and film developer for British Science Museum touring exhibition SUPERBUGS in China. She made the documentary for British Embassy in Beijing on 2019 Newton prize of the UK-China scientific innovation partnership. Her short documentary A DAY WITH XIAOHUI became the official selection of 2019 Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival (SVAFMF) and was screened in Vancouver. Her first feature length documentary project on the LGBT community in China, SOME BODY TO LOVE won Jury Award in SVAFMF pitch session.
In 2019, she started to use the methodology of visual anthropology with documentary filmmaking by cooperating with the American anthropologist Dr. Jacob R. Hickman to make a documentary on the Hmong minority in Yunnan, China ( PLAYING FOR THE ANCESTORS, official selection of EASA Film Programme 2020, Lisbon, Portugal, and official selection of SVAFMF,2021) .
Her content creations covered the topics of Migrant Workers, Marginalized Group ( ethnic minorities), Cultural identity, Place& Space, Topophilia, Political Criticism, Cultural Comparison, Visual Anthropology and Cultural& material Heritage.
In 2019, she set up Believing is Seeing Studio in Guangzhou, focused on documentary production and the curating of exhibition. Her company has been collaborating with important Chinese and foreign governmental organizations (British Embassy, British Science Museum, Japan NHK) and famous private companies (Vanke) with non-fictional visual contents. My works had been twice officially selected and screened in one of the world’s most influential and longest history visual anthropology film festival SVAFMF, and widely screen on TV and new media platform.