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Playing a Mongolian bride


02-20-2017 13:31 BJT

By CCTV.com 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”.

For every woman, her wedding ceremony is one of the most important days of her life.

In the film, Mongolian Bride, directed by Danielle Sharon, a young and beautiful Mongolian folk dancer performs as the bride in a traditional wedding ceremony for tourist audiences.

Yet, she’s a 20-year-old single woman giving performances at the Ordos Sverbag Grasslands Center, who trains hard and does special dances to convey the true Mongolian bride image.

The ethnic Mongolians living in Inner Mongolia take pride in their customs and rich history. In the summer, many tourists flock to the region to view special performances.

But the actors and actresses who play roles as traditional Mongolians also have regular lives with the same goals and dreams that regular people have. The bride actress enjoys her freedom and not likely to get into a real marriage anytime soon.

For ethnic minorities living in China, many Chinese tourists love to visit exotic villages to witness traditional ritual performances. That generates more income for local communities, for people who might otherwise live under impoverished circumstances.

An actor’s role may not be real life, but at least the money they earn is real.


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