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Songs of Hunungaz

Wan Pei-Chyi, Wang Ying-shun / 2015 / 77’ / Taiwan / HD / COLOR
The meaning of "Hunungaz" from Bunun language is "a place full of Artemisia Capillaris". Zhou Feng is a small elementary school in Hanagus, only 23 students, they close as family because of the mini-sized school, also filled anxiety of cutting-down/merging of the same reason. The specialty of students is singing, mainly from Zhou Feng's tradition and born gift of Bunun, they participate singing contests and performances nationwide, and getting excellent results and famous. The story is about three children and their families, through their life to illustrate the situation between school and tribe, related to Bunun, visions, education, and mostly about the songs of children, about the happiness. Despite of people come and go, festivals after another, then seasons changing, children will graduate this summer; singing for them are not just for contest and performance, they sing loudly all the time and everywhere, songs may change, but life and happiness remain the same, in Hunungaz.


Introduction

Wan Pei-Chyi, Wang Ying-shun

Wan Pei-Chyi
Graduated from National Taiwan University and Tainan National College of the Arts with the Master of Sound and Image Studies in 2003. Because of some early years social work about Taiwan indigenous people, she started work as a researcher, director of documentaries. Ever since then she focused the attention on the issue of ethnicity, diaspora, and the neglected historical gap. She just finished the film Kung Fu Girls before the end of 2014, supported by The Asian Pitch.

Wang Ying-shun
Wang Ying-shun received his MFA in documentary from Tainan National University of Arts. He was a director and cinematographer in Dimensions Communication Ltd. WANG had produced and worked as a cinematographer in many films with various teams. Works including A-Shan, which was nominated for Taiwan Award in 2002 TIDF; Male Education, which was selected into experimental documentary program in 2012 TIDF.

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