In collaboration with Smoke Signal Projects
www.silkroadofpop.com (official website)
Winner: Best Canadian Film Award, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Winner: CinemAsia Audience Award, CinemAsia Film Festival Amsterdam
Winner: Echoes of the Earth Award,Rhode Island International Film Festival
On the distant northwest edge of China lies Xinjiang, a vast region of snow-capped mountains, barren deserts and historic market cities. Here, along the ancient Silk Road, music is one of the hottest commodities: it is vibrant, infectious, and far- reaching, permeating every corner of the province. Yet, around the music lies a troubling reality. Engaged in an identity tug-of-war, the region’s main population – the Uyghur Muslims – are gradually watching their populations dwindle as they are engulfed by a predominant Han Chinese settlement. One of the very few documentaries to come out of Xinjiang, The Silk Road of Pop captures the challenges of a minority group in China and the explosive music scene which results.
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