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Documentary on Smangus aboriginal tribe wins prestigious Peabody award

NEW YORK--A documentary on an indigenous community in Taiwan on Monday received a George Foster Peabody Award, which honors excellence in electronic media.

Susan Yu, an official of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, accepted the award on behalf of Public Television Service (PTS) and the IFA co-production, for the documentary “A Year in the Clouds.”

The film chronicles how the people of Smangus, an Atayal tribe in the deep mountains in northern Taiwan, learned to live a collective life that is harmonious with nature, Yu said in the acceptance speech in New York.

The documentary, which took PTS one year to produce, is also a touching story about how indigenous peoples in modern times preserve their traditions, she added.

Yu invited the audience to visit Taiwan to see the beautiful area of Hsinchu County where the community is located.

“Beautifully photographed, the film records a year among indigenous Taiwanese mountain people who rely on eco-tourism and shared ownership of land and property to support their communal way of life,” according to the awards website.

The film also won the Silver World Medal in the environment and ecology category of the New York Festivals' International Television and Film Awards last month. It has also been nominated for the Rockies Program Competition at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada, according to PTS.

This type of recognition shows that international audiences have been deeply moved by the uniqueness of Taiwan's aborigines, PTS said.

Among the other 45 winners of the 71st Peabody Awards were “Surviving the Tsunami” by Japan's NHK; CNN's “Reporting on the Arab Spring;” and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley: Inside Syria.”

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“A Year in the Clouds” (司馬庫斯), a documentary on an indigenous community in Taiwan that was produced by the local Public Television Service, received a George Foster Peabody Award in the U.S., Monday.(CNA)

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