luojian・film director 电影导演


罗 柬


Cinema is a loaded gun.



Born in the Uyghur Autonomous Region of China on the Gobi Desert, Layla Jian Luo is a visual storyteller whose work is driven by a desire to explore versions of the world unseen. She graduated with an MFA degree in Film Directing from NYU, and holds her BAs in Sociology and Film/Video Studies.

At NYU, Layla directed/edited her short films Nobody Says I Love You, Cheongsam and Ghost Tour, selected by numerous international film festivals. Her latest film, What Do You Know about the Water and the Moon, which tells a magical realist story about a young woman giving an abortion to a jellyfish, premiered at the 2019 Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, BFI London Film Fest, Stockholm International Film Fest, AFI Fest and dozens more film festivals, and won the Special Mention for Best Student Live-Action Short at Palm Springs International ShortFest.

Layla is the recipient of the Ang Lee grant, the Hollywood Foreign Press Award, and the "artist in residence" program at Palm Springs International Film Festival. In between her directing work, Layla provides professional and artistic advice to grad film students at the School of Visual Arts as a guest lecturer.

Filmography 作品年表



What Do You Know About the Water and the Moon

short film, China

Synopsis | During an attempted abortion, a girl gives birth to a live jellyfish.




documentary, China 

Synopsis | Mr. Zhu, a Guqin Master devoted his whole life to teaching and promoting a Chinese ancient instrument in a confucius temple.

Macy’s Time Traveller

commercial, USA 


commercial, USA 



Ghost Tour

short film, USA

Synopsis | A ghost tour guide discovers the truth in his own stories.


short film, USA 

Synopsis | As part of mourning, a widow purchases the dress her husband’s mistress used to wear, and in the process finds herself enchanted by the young tailor.



Nobody Says I Love You

short film, USA

Synopsis | Three Chinese girls play “never have I ever“, only to discover that none of them has ever said “I love you“ to their parents. At this drunken night, they decided to do it together.

Grandma Gao

documentary, China 

Synopsis | Yaojie Gao (age91), a Chinese AIDS activist who has been honored for her work by the United Nations and had spent time under house arrest, eats soup alone in the apartment.



I Do

short film, USA

Panda Fucker

documentary, China

Asian Alphaville

documentary, China