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Bai people digging deep roots in Dali


03-17-2017 17:02 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”.

The film, Roots, directed by Luca Agnani takes a closer look at the Bai People, who call the scenic town Dali their home, which is located in southwestern China's Yunnan Province.

The Bai community is nestled between Erhai Lake and Cangshan Mountains. It's an idyllic place for nature lovers.

The Bai people also are strong proponents of utilizing ancient Chinese architectural designs when building homes that blend the philosophies of fengshui alongside ying and yang concepts.

Since they live near a huge fresh water lake, they hold ingrained cleanliness habits and spend much time making sure they have good hygiene as they bathe frequently, including the elderly.

The camera crew follows a 92-year-old woman who still stays active and healthy. She is a great-grandmother, living serenely in a family with 5 generations.

The Bai seem to live very long lives, because they dwell in an agricultural environment, so they eat plenty of vegetables and just enough meat to keep strong.

Many village elders recount the days when they lived in impoverished circumstances, but now they enjoy more prosperous times and that makes all the difference for them.

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