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Carma Hinton  //  Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies

Robinson Professor Carma Hinton

Robinson Professor Carma Hinton

Carma Hinton was born in Beijing and lived there until she was twenty-one. Chinese is her first language and culture. Together with Richard Gordon, Hinton has directed thirteen documentary films about China, including The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Small Happiness, First Moon, All Under Heaven, Abode of Illusion, and Morning Sun.

Hinton is a scholar as well as a filmmaker. She has a Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University and has held teaching positions at Swarthmore, Wellesley, Northeastern, and MIT. In addition, she has lectured widely on Chinese culture, history, and film at educational institutions both in the United States and around the world.

Her films have been shown in numerous film festivals worldwide, including New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, Vancouver, and San Francisco. They have also been screened at the Film Forum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, among others, and broadcast on television stations around the world, including PBS, the BBC, and ARTE. Awards received include two George Foster Peabody Awards, the American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award, the International Critics Prize and the Best Social and Political Documentary at the Banff Television Festival, and nominations for Best Documentary Feature by the National Film Board of Canada, the ABCNEWS VideoSource and Pare Lorentz Awards by the International Documentary Association, and a National News & Documentary Emmy Award.


The World’s Water Crisis: Can We Afford to Ignore It?

Professor Carma Hinton organized a panel of international experts to address the world’s water crisis during GMU’s International and Earth Week. The panelists reported on increasing water shortages around the world. They discussed how these shortages will affect all of us, and what can be done to avert the impending disaster. The panelists: Dai Qing […]


Professor Hinton Serves as a Member of The Humanitarian Rewards Jury

Professor Hinton was a member on The Humanitarian Rewards jury. The Humanitarian Awards salute filmmakers worldwide “for their devotion to the documentary form and its language.” Other members of the jury included Ruby Yang and Fujioka Asako. To read more about the jury, click here. To read Professor Hinton’s jury commentaries, click here.


Using Visual Evidence in Documentary Filmmaking

On Friday, November 5th, 2010, Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, gave a presentation to students in the Honors College. Her talk focused on “the decision-making process in using evidence to portray multiple perspectives about the controversy surrounding the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square.” During the presentation she showed students raw […]