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Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2004

Dragon Well

In Han myth the dragon symbolizes power as he rules over the element water, i.e. the outcome of the next harvest, peoples' health and wealth. His temper can ruin everything through extreme floods or draught. The Daban Well in the outskirts of Jianshui dates back to the Ming Dynasty, and although tap water is available, people prefer the well's water and perform rituals in honor of the Dragon King.
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2004

Street Peddler

The income gap between rural and urban communities is extreme, and in Yunnan Province causes growing migration to its capital Kunming. With their home-made pushcarts street peddlers are considered a threat to the city's image building. Constantly on the run, the peddlers themselves would prefer clear regulations allowing a space for them to sell their food, and have an income.
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2004

Lost in the City

The film focuses on a Miao (Meng, Mhong or Hmong) community and their children living in the suburbs of Kunming City. As their parents work as shoe polishers in the provincial capital of Yunnan, the second generation of migrants from neighbouring Guizhou Province grows up in an environment that requires some rituals and customs as protection.
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2004

Herbalist Family

The transmission of indigenous medical knowledge in a Sani family living close to the Stone Forest in Yunnan has been passed on through six generations. As specialists for bone diseases in the area, this family mainly uses indigenous herbs, but also some "Western medicine".
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2004

Back

Zheng Mingli lives in the provincial capital Kunming of Yunnan Province. Her relatives, however, come from Heshun Village on the Chinese border with Burma. During the summer of 2002 the filmmaker goes back to the township to take part in the mid July festival for the souls of the dead at the house of her uncle, the only relative who remembers her.
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2004

The Beauty of Black

The Dai (Thai) people in Yunnan Province can't be classified in to one homogenous group. The Daisai have lived on the upper reaches of the Red River at the foot of Ailiao Mountain for generations. Here, teeth dying is still practiced by the women, while modernization and development bring about challenges threatening their traditions.
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2003

A Daughter for the Cotton-mat Makers

The film deals with the problem of migrant labour in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan. It portrays a family of cotton-mat makers from Hunan Province. Altough the craft of mat-making has had a long tradition in the family, they are now living as marginalized migrant workers. The film provides an insight into the social and economic everyday life of such workers, and it shows the process of cotton-mat making, but it also tells the story of a new-born baby girl who was found in the streets and has been adopted by this family to give her a home.
  • Published: 2003
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2003

First Touch With Ing

The film portrays Deyi Ilang (Ing), a young man living in a village near the Chinese border to Laos. His ethnic group, the Khmu (Kammu) is not a recognized ethnic minority in China. Ing dreams of a girl friend, collects gum from the gum-trees and also has a position as a local policeman. When thieves from a neighbouring group try to steal bamboo, he intervenes and tries to resolve the situation.
  • Published: 2003
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2003

No More Bound Feet

The film portrays life in a village in Lulian County, Yunnan Province by showing activities like mushroom collection, fishing, sand extraction from the river etc. It also shows the preparation for a wedding and the wedding itself. A group of old women gossips about the old times when the girls' feet were still bound.
  • Published: 2003
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2003

Qing, the Newspaperman

The film documents one day in the life of Qing Baohua, a newspaper-seller. He talks about everday life to his girlfriend who accompanies him on his tour through the streets, schools and factories of Kunming, selling newspapers to make a little money. In the evening Qing's life transforms into one as a performer of folk songs and dances in a public square of Kunming. The film is one of the final films of the students film series of the year 2000, made as part of the training programme of the East Asia Institute of Visual Anthropology of Yunnan University.
  • Published: 2003
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
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Face Value

The film portrays urban weddings in China through the various stages from wedding licence to wedding photographs and wedding banquets. It focuses on the relationship between the ideal image and real life experience.
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2004

Culture Show

Xinren Village undergoes a period of transition to become a model tourist village. The Sani people experience an interest of various stakeholders: the village leaders want to produce the best image possible, journalists find it hard to treat the object as subject, researchers would like to conserve the Sani culture, while tourists come for fun and in admiration of the exotic.
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
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Open the Gate

Two migrant workers from Sichuan Province are now living in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. Employed at a hotel and a building site respectively, their new living and working conditions influence the reconstruction of their social network and their plans for the future.
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
Offline Collection IWF (Göttingen) Chinese 2004

Balance

The Yunnan Acrobatic Troupe of China based in Kunming, Yunnan Province, was set up by the government in 1956. It is now a state-run institute with 22 coaches, 38 students and professional actors. The students who start their training as early as at the age of 4 are not just Han Chinese , but also Bai, Yi, Naxi, Tibetan, Dai etc., they are enrolled full-time, i.e. physical training during the day and study at night.
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: IWF (Göttingen)
  • Language: Chinese
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