“The Silk Road of Pop” Screening

In this documentary about rap crews, rockstars, and their fans in the northwest of China, director Sameer Farooq (MFA GD 2014) shows that the Central Asian music scene is alive and roaring.

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.

The Silk Road of Pop
One-hour documentary followed by a Q&A with the director
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:00 pm
RISD Chace Center, Metcalf Auditorium


film, Music, Sameer Farooq

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