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Lusheng Play-along in Miao Village


12-13-2016 17:05 BJT

By CNTV Panview editor team

Editor’s foreword: "Looking China" International Youth Film Project is co-organized by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture (AICCC), Beijing Normal University and Huilin Foundation, which aims to showcase the contrasting simplicity and glamour, the antiquity and fashion of China through unique perspectives of young foreign film makers.

As of the year 2016, 101 students from 25 countries were invited to participate in the project. They were stationed in 13 municipality, provinces and autonomous regions here in China. Every filmmaker has worked out a 10-minute short film about Chinese culture around the topic of “ethnic minority”.

Here is the third place winner for today.

George Howard-Rees Jones, a Lincoln University student, produces a film about a small and remote Miao-ethnic community village set in the backdrop of high lush hills and foggy weather.

The Miao people love music and are closely connected to a reed instrument, known as the Lusheng.

The film interviews two elderly men and a post-graduate from the Art School at Guizhou University. One elderly gentleman is a professional lusheng player, while the other is a craftsman of the bamboo piped instrument.

The performer explains how his father taught him the skills that were passed down from generation to generation. The craftsman described the intricate details of the instrument, and how his generation of craftsmen upgraded it from playing just 6 basic sounds to 15, and even 24 now.

The Guizhou University post-graduate called for the younger generation of the Chinese to take a closer look at the Lusheng to appreciate and preserve China’s traditional culture.


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