Thursday, April 20, 2006

Danwei TV 6: a film about Uighurs

Danwei TV 6 is a short film about Uighurs in Beijing.

The Uighurs, (pronounced Wee-ger and sometimes spelled Uyghur) are a Muslim ethnic group from Xinjiang, Chinese central Asia.

In this show, Danwei TV interviews several Uighurs in Beijing selling lamb kebabs (yang rou chuan'r) and Uighur candy, and shows their working conditions.

Interviews were conducted in Mandarin, which is not the Uighur's native tongue: they speak their own language, which is related to Turkish.

Shot and edited by Luke Mines, this film is presented by Jeremy Goldkorn, with original music by Fernando Fidanza. For inspiration, thanks to Richard Robinson (one of whose many projects is Chopschticks, which organizes performances by U.S. stand up comedians in China).

There is some untranslated Uighur dialogue in the video. A translation would be highly appreciated if there are any Uighur speakers out there who can translate to English or Chinese. Send to jeremy at danwei dot org.

click to watch video here


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