Hu Tai-i is currently a research fellow and documentary filmmaker at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica in Taiwan; a concurrent professor at National Chin-Hua University, and the president of Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival. After graduating from the History Department of the National Taiwan University, she entered the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, and obtained her Ph.D. degree in anthropology. She has directed and produced well-known documentary films (The Return of Gods and Ancestors, Songs of Pasta’ay, Voices of Orchid Island, Passing Through My Mother-in-law’s Village, Sounds of Love and Sorrow, Encountering Jean Rouch, Stone Dream, After Passing, and Returning Souls) , and published seven books. Her films won Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival "The Best Documentary Film Award", Chicago International Film Festival "Silver Plaque Award" , Houston International Film Festival "Gold Special Jury Award", and Taiwan International Documentary Festival “Jury’s Special Mention Award”, selected for Joris Ivens Competition at International Documentary FilmFestival Amsterdam,International Competition at Marseille International Documentary Film Festival; Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, Gottingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, Bilan du Film Ethnographique (Paris), etc.
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