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Jia Li

Brooklyn, NY US
Documentary DP, director, and editor.


Jia Li is a documentary cinematographer, director, and editor based in Brooklyn. She studied studio art, journalism, and interaction science before picking up the camera. Her work is focused on the spaces where cultures overlap, in Asia and beyond. Her short film Noodle School (Brooklyn Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, TOPIC) portrayed the underclass of students attending a vocational noodle school in northwestern China. Her work in video journalism has won Edward R. Murrow, Ellies, and Webby awards.

Featured Work

Invisible Seams

Invisible Seams shares the stories of eight different Asian seamstresses and pattern-makers in New York, bringing to the fore the experiences of these frontline workers of the fashion industry, whose voices are too often overlooked. These women have weathered the pandemic, the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes, trials of immigration, and the never-ending demands of fashion cycles. Invisible Seams is a celebration of their talent and expertise, an acknowledgment that their devotion to their craft is also a means of survival.

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