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Changes in the Yao People

Xiao Hu

Release year: 2021

Run time: 98mins

Film type: Documentary


In Gui or Tuen, Village Gui or Tuen, Baisheng Township, Gui Liu, Napo County, on the China-Vietnam border, a traditional folk wedding of Lan Indigo Yao is about to be held, with changes and changes all in it. Lan Indigo Yao is one of the thirty-six branches of the Yao people, and Guiortun is a typical Lan Indigo Yao village. In the past, there were traditional warriors who fought tigers, national artists who danced with gods, superb Yao doctors who cured diseases, collections of Yao language chants, and melodious children's songs of folk songs... However, these are now hard to find. As people age, the cultural traces attached to them are slowly erased by time. This is very sad, and a traditional wedding that is rarely held seems to tell the story of the past, evoking a certain national psychological resonance. It is not known how long this resonance can last in the hearts of the younger generation.


Director biography

Xiao Hu, a young photographer and independent documentary filmmaker, has spent nearly a decade working and living on the border between northwest and southwest China since graduating from university. In addition to working for institutional or public welfare organizations, he has long been committed to independent field investigations in his spare time. His photo series "The Road in a Foreign Land: Seeking Yao" was shortlisted for the 4th China Ethnic Image Documentary Biennial Exhibition; "Southern Xinjiang" was shortlisted for the "See You Again 2022" special screening; "Changes in the Yao people" was shortlisted for the 2nd Ethnic Film and TV and Ethnographic Works Collection; "Ordinary Corner" was shortlisted for the 4th Korea International Ethnographic Film Festival, the 5th station screening and dialogue of Langya Images, the 2022 WAFF Youth Filmmaker Program, and the 2022 Guangxi Ethnic Image Exhibition; "From Old to Young" was shortlisted for the 35th China Golden Rooster Awards, the 3rd Huawei New Image Mobile Film Project, the Optics Valley WH Youth Image Exhibition, and the 13th Macau International Microfilm Festival in 2023; "Philosopher in the Mountains" was shortlisted for the 3rd Asian International Youth Film Festival in 2023, the 13th "Chronicle of Light and Shadow" China Documentary Academy Awards, and the inaugural Ideal Country Art Film Festival in 2024; "Childhood is Burning" was selected for the Tokyo Rairai Yamagata 2023 Art Festival - screening session, and the 13th "Chronicle of Light and Shadow" China Documentary Academy Awards. Documentaries such as "Southern Xinjiang", "Ordinary Corner", "From Old to Young", "Philosopher in the Mountain", and "Childhood is Burning" have been included in the Chinese independent film streaming platform CathayPlay, and have also been permanently collected by the Anthropological Image Library of Renmin University of China.