Dihan (It is Hard to be a Farmer)
Xinjiang, China 2008
The Uyghur’s are a tribal Turk, whose cultural roots belong more to Central Asia and the Middle East, than China. Under Chinese rule much of Xinjiang has changed, leading to larger industrial cities, and the erosion of traditional life. In protest to Chinese rule many poets and musicians have been imprisoned or executed in the last 50 years. This has lead to much of the folk music and culture becoming subversive and politicised. The poem was chosen and translated with the help of the Uk Uyghur Council.
3 a.m. Eternal
Esfahan, Iran 2008
Filmed at 3 a.m. in Esfahan Iran, the video explores preparations for a street party, celebrating the birthday of the saint Imam Hussein A.S. Set against street musicians singing local folk songs, the film references portraits of martyrs from the Iran- Iraq war with portraits of the martyred saint.
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