Xizi(Cecilia) Hua is a L.A. based filmmaker and photographer, grew up in Shanghai, China but moved to Portland, Oregon at the age of fifteen. She’s interested in stories and lives of ordinary people, hoping to reveal social issues and encourage people's thinking. A recent graduate from USC School of Cinematic Arts, Cecilia has explored a variety of narrative, experimental and documentary filmmaking. Her personal experimental documentary on identity just won the 2017 Jury Award “Best Showcase Video” for the 1990 Institute Youth Voices on China Video Contest. Her recent documentary about an ex-life, Jose, after 20 years of incarceration, was shown at the “Writing In Community” screening at USC. Cecilia believes in the power of visual story-telling to reveal the true essence of life and reflect its social and political reality.