The Berlin Asian Film Network connects people who are interested in films about Asia and the Asian Diaspora. Our mission is to raise awareness of under- and misrepresentation of the Asian Diaspora in the German media. We promote young independent filmmakers by organizing open network meetings (Stammtisch) and short-film screenings including talks with the filmmakers.

Team

Anna Hong Xian (鲜红). Anna Hong Xian was born in Beijing, 1985 and migrated to Germany 1995 with her mother. She has a Bachelor degree in Linguistics & Communication (Marburg) and a Master degree in Media Studies and Film (Berlin). After an academic exchange year in the Beijing Film Academy in film directing, she started to work as a freelancer for Chinese and German film productions and for film festivals, while working on her own short film projects.

Sok-Muy Vanessa Ly. The great metropolis Wuppertal is what I call my hometown. I am Chinese-Cambodian, born in 1993. I joined BAFNET in 2012, when I came to Berlin to study. Currently I am doing my Master’s in Media and Political Communications. Since 2013 I have been our treasurer and public relations manager. So if you have any questions concerning members of our network or our political agenda, hit me up! I have been in several film productions of dffb and the Goethe Institute. What I enjoy the most is to empower children and young adults through filmmaking. In spring 2015 I was elected as member of the advisory council of Junge Presse Berlin e.V. The things that I am interested in the most are postcolonial studies, playing the guitar and filmmaking, of course!
„I am part of BAFNET, because it provides a space for people of the Asian diaspora where we can be ourselves indeed!“

Dieu Hao Do (杜耀豪). Dieu Hao Do was born in Stadthagen, 1986 to Chinese parents. He made short films including WHERE THE LIGHTS SHINE LOW, BUBENICEK and THE LAST BUS which participated in festivals around the world. He is a directing student at The Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Dieu Hao primarily works in the field of directing and writing. He is currently in the development of his first feature about the 1st and 2nd generation of Chinese immigrants in Germany.
„I believe that the German film industry must and will change in the years to come as there is a new generation of filmmakers emerging with a different perspective and more diverse cultural background.“ 

Ngoc Anh Nguyen. Ngoc Anh Nguyen was born to Vietnamese migrant workers in 1992. She is currently studying Social Work at Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin as well as following her passion in creating and performing music. She has lived in Vietnam doing voluntary work in 2012 and was studying abroad in California in 2015. All of these experiences have helped her to navigate between different communities and environments. Besides that, you can find her on the dance floor doing the Lindy Hop.

Trang Tran Thu. Trang Tran Thu is a Berlin based student of Cultural Anthropology and Political Science. She is currently working as student assistant in a research project on the Vietnamese Diaspora in Berlin at Freie Universität Berlin. She has participated in several events and networks regarding cultural politics such as „Festival gegen Rassismus“ (2012) and the launch of the „Freitext“ magazine edition“Auftauchen“ (2013). Her essay „Eigentlich stellte ich mir alles einfacher vor“ was published as part of the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s dossier „Asian Germany“, illustrating her first examinations on identity and identitarian politics.

Thuy Trang Nguyen (former team member). Thuy Trang Nguyen was born in Berlin, 1993. Caused by the Vietnam war, her parents fled and settled in Germany in 1984. Graduating from highschool in 2012, she started working as assistant director for many projects such as “Sommer im Regenwald (2012)” by Robert Heber and “A Promised Rose Garden (2013)” by Lisa Violetta Gaß. She also worked as a casting agent and dialog coach for the feature film “Wir sind Jung. Wir sind stark (2013) “ by Burhan Qurbani. Recently, she applied to film school and started working as a Vietnamese – German translator.