Amis Hip Hop documents how a group of young Amis men in A’tolan have blended influences from contemporary social and cultural life in Taiwan with their traditional practice of ritual dance performance in the village. Rooted in the Amis ethos of respect for male age-grade organization, matrilineal affiliation, intimacy with the ocean, and appreciation of joking relationships, these young men also blend in elements of foreign fashion in music and dance all while keeping with traditional village aesthetics. Through their performances, they represent a new image to both locals and outsiders, and actively construct their local identity as A’tolan Amis.
Futuru C.L. Tsai was born in 1971 and he is an Anthropologist and an assistant professor at National Taitung University in east cost of Taiwan. Futuru is also an ethnographic filmmaker who has been producing over 5 documentaries focusing on Taiwan Indigenous Peoples. One of his documentaries “Amis Hip Hop”(2005, 47 minutes) had won the David Plath Media Award in 2005. Currently he has also been the Director of Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival since 2011.