Originally spearheaded by independent filmmaker, Xuan Vu, in 2006, Zixin Films specializes in the production of documentary films with a particular emphasis on promoting social, political, and educational causes.

The term “Zixin” comes from a designated Zen Buddhist surname, “Zi”, and the Mandarin word “xin”, the meaning of which encompasses both “heart” and “mind”. The ancient Chinese understood, by combining these two meanings with this one word, that the distinction we tend to draw between our emotional and mental worlds is only an imposed dichotomy. Reality is the place where subjective and objective truth meet, where “absolute truth” exists only in the relationship between subject and object.

In the documentary film world, this union is where the authenticity of a story can be expressed, through the relationship between the filmmaker, the subjects, and the audience. This is the reality which Zixin Films strives to represent in our work, striking a balance between passion and education, art and information, film and journalism.


Xuan Vu is a documentary filmmaker whose core motivation is to give a voice to those who otherwise would not be heard. As a professional editor, she continuously devotes her energies and skills to shedding light upon vehicles of positive change.

Her independent documentary work has garnered international recognition at numerous festivals (including the Boston Asian American Film Festival, the Tallgrass International Film Festival, the United Nations Association Film Festival, and the American Indian Movement International Film Festival) and won several distinguished awards (including the “Audience Choice Award for Best Feature” at the 2015 Viet Film Fest and “Best New Mexico Film” at the 2010 Duke City DocFest). Her editorial contributions to network television have been broadcast on CNN, Showtime, PBS, Animal Planet, among others.

Xuan holds a dual BA/MA degree in East/West Philosophy & Documentary Filmmaking from Boston University’s former University Professors Program, an interdisciplinary program for gifted students.