1. The Silk Road of Pop - Trailer VOD


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    For the latest screening times and news, please go to our website: http://silkroadofpop.com/ or *like* us on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/arzubp6 The Central Asian music scene is alive and roaring. A documentary about rap crews, rockstars, and their fans in the northwest of China. On the distant northwest edge of China lies Xinjiang, a vast region of snow-capped mountains, barren deserts and gritty 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. For more information about the film, please visit: http://silkroadofpop.com/ For more information about us, please visit: www.smokesignalprojects.org You can write us an e-mail to: smokesignalprojects@gmail.com

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    • China: The Rebirth of an Empire - Trailer


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      China’s unprecedented growth has placed it on the verge of overtaking the United States as the world’s preeminent power. But what type of power will China become? In today’s interconnected and globalized world, the answer effects each and every one of us. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, China’s humanitarian activities and investment in infrastructure have won it the hearts and minds of the people. Yet in Tibet and Xinjiang, China is reviled as an imperialistic abuser of human rights. Will China use its strength to dominate its neighbors and become a 21st century empire, or will China’s youth lead the country towards democracy? Whether it’s a peaceful rise or potential threat, China's 21st century emergence as a great world power will change the lives of everyone.

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      • China's Wang in a Pinch


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        Synopsis: The Plaid Avenger travels deep into central Asia to report on on the on-going ethnic violence plaguing the Xinjiang Autonomous Province in northwestern China. He explains how and why this Han/Uyghur friction has accelerated in the last few decades, how ti is manifesting itself today in these bizarre needle attacks reported widely in the news, and the greater repercussions they hold for the central Chinese leadership as they ponder what to do about their Wang.

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        • Beyond Guantanamo: China's Uyghur Muslim Minority


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          China's vast northwest province of Xinjiang is home to a minority Muslim population known as the Uyghurs. Like neighboring Tibet, its people face similar problems: religious restrictions, forced abortions, imprisonment and execution. Yet the plight of Uyghurs is underreported and largely ignored in the West. They practice a moderate interpretation os Islam. They are without a prominent leader or the romantic allure that draws so much attention to Tibet. The Chinese government explains its heavy hand by labeling the Uyghurs as separatists and-after September 11th-as terrorists. This Stanley Foundation video, filmed in November 2008, explores China's treatment of its Uyghur population through interviews with various experts and a visit to Xinjiang province. This video is property of the Stanley Foundation

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          • African Boots of Beijing


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            A documentary film by Luke Mines and Jeremy Goldkorn about Afrika United, a team of Africans playing in a football championship league in Beijing, China. The soundtrack music is listed in order below: please support these artists by buying their music on Amazon or iTunes. Skillz by Dare Alade & Trybesman Na Flash by Timi Shakara by Fela Kuti Beng Beng by Fela Kuti Shine by Aswad Gentleman by Fela Kuti Blackman Know Yourself by Femi Kuti Meda Lay by Tebebu Mhla'uphel' Amandla by Malaika No No No by Aswad Tu Me Manques by Henry Diboula On Entre O.K., On Sorte K.O. by Franco Aki Special by Mbarga, Prince Nico

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            • Uyghur Song


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              A twenty-year-old audio cassette recording is sequenced with video images of Xinjiang captured in 2011.

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              • Muztagh Ata, China. Ski Mountaineering Expedition.


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                Where Old Silk Road trade routes meet today's Karakoram Highway, the spirit of the Uyghur people is alive in the streets. In June of 2013, Aron Ralston, Michael Ash, and I traveled to western China to climb and ski Muztagh Ata Mountain and travel amongst the Uyghur people. Upon returning from a successful climb and ski on the peak, a Uyghur friend told me: “The courage to climb and ski a huge mountain is just like anything worth achieving in life: you have to work extremely hard, but the satisfaction and reward of meeting your goal is worth the struggle. I think the mystery of a mountain and the compulsion to climb is like the struggle of the human spirit to know the world. Although we Uyghurs live in cities surrounded by the limits of the things we know, we always want to go beyond the borders of what is familiar. Just like those that come to climb these mountains, we Uyghurs want to continue testing our courage in unknown places." Although the journey and struggle that Aron, Michael, and I faced on the mountain is nothing compared to the struggle that the Uyghur people face on a daily basis, after returning from the expedition I found that the bonds we made with the local people and the cultural components of the trip stuck with me long after the hardships of the trip faded into distant memory. Full Trip Report: http://www.summitpost.org/skiing-muztagh-ata-china/872095 Article on Climb: http://beijingcream.com/2013/11/dispatches-from-xinjiang-climbing-the-father-of-ice-mountains/

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                • Trailer - The Trail from Xinjiang


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                  Musa and his friends, all men, all young, all from Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on China's northwestern border, now wander great cities in the East talking, shooting up, remembering home and practicing the one true skill they have: they steal.

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                  • Death on the Silk Road


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                    Richard Hering, Stuart Tanner for Channel Four Dispatches Released: 2001 Filmakers Library http://www.filmakers.com/index.php?a=filmDetail&filmID=979

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                    • Comaneci_Flesh


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                      Music written and performed by COMANECI (Francesca Amati, Glauco Salvo), 2013. Video by Paolo Pennuti.

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