IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

Hidden Letters

Violet Du Feng, Zhao Qing
Violet Du Feng, Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas, Jean Tsien
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Hu Xin and Simu are two young Chinese Millennials living in rural and metropolitan China respectively. As they navigate their own career and family choices in a male-dominant world, they look toward the wisdom of Nushu - an ancient secret woman-only script.

Violet Du Feng, Director and Producer

Violet Du Feng is the director and producer of Hidden Letters. She is one of the 2018 Sundance Non-fiction Producing Fellows. Feng produced Confucian Dream, which is to be world premiered at 2019 Hot Docs; she co-produced Our Time Machine, world premiering at 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. She produced Maine-land, which received a Special Jury Award of SXSW and a US theatrical release; Please Remember Me premiered at 2015 IDFA Film Festival and received three awards at China’s biggest documentary film festival GZDoc in 2016.

Zhao Qing, Co-director

Zhao Qing is the director of the award winning Please Remember Me, which is supported by Sundance Documentary Fund, IDFA Bertha Fund and the Britdoc Connect Fund. She started her career at Shanghai Media Group in 1991, where she directed and produced many television documentaries affiliated to the Overseas Programming Center, now known as the Documentary Channel of SMG. She directed and hosted several popular TV documentary programs such as “The Bund” and “Documentary Editing Room”.

Mette Chung Munthe-Kaas, Producer

Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas is an award-winning producer, interactive producer, and editor of independent documentary films. She started her career as an editor and has been doing that for the last 20 years. She has produced and edited the award-winning feature-length documentary New Word for Worry. Her most recent production Nowhere to Hide is critically acclaimed and has won several international awards including first prize at IDFA in the feature-length Documentary Competition, 2016.

Jean Tsien, Producer

Jean Tsien is born in Taiwan and based in New York, Jean Tsien has been working in documentary for 35 years as an editor, producer, and consultant. Her notable editing credits include: the 2001 Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature nominee, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy; three Peabody Award-winning films: Malcolm X: Make It Plain, Travis and Solar Mamas; Please Vote For Me, a 2008 Grierson award recipient for most entertaining documentary; Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing (2006) and Miss Sharon Jones! (2016), both of which were shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.