Sai thao

photographer / teaching artist                   .           photo courtesy of Minnesota Original

photographer / teaching artist                   .           photo courtesy of Minnesota Original


Sai Thao has been producing videos since she was 13 years old.  She is Hmong American and resides in Saint Paul Minnesota. For the past 20 years Ms. Thao has been producing experimental and documentary shorts, many of which have gained national recognition. She has worked both as a producer for public television and has made more than 10 video shorts that have been exhibited throughout the United States, Thailand and Laos.  Now at age 26 she is in the midst of producing Hidden in my Heart (an unwritten letter), a 30-minute experimental documentary about Hmong Identity and the fragile bonds of family within her culture. 

Sai Thao was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. At the age of 18 she received her first grant as a filmmaker and has been working steadily as a producer and artist since that time.  She is also the co-founder of In Progress, a small non-profit dedicated to building the voices of young artists from rural, tribal and migrant communities.  She has dedicated her life’s work to bringing voice to those least heard, both through her own work and by teaching others.  

Grant awards received to date include:

  • Jerome Travel Study Grant
  • Jerome Production Grant
  • Center for Asian American Media Grant
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant


  • photographer 
  • skills in multimedia software applications
  • community organizer
  • teaching artist

portfolio samples

Saib KuV



Hidden In My Heart