THE FEAST OF KURBAN BAYRAM # 109

11:00, Thursday 18th June, Cinema 2

Director/Anthropologist: Liu Xiangchen
Year of Release: 2012
Duration: 52 mins
Country of Production: P.R.China
Location: Xinjiang,China
Ethnic Group: Kirgiz
Language: English (Chinese) with English subtitles

Bulonkol is located at the foot of the famous Kongur Tagh on Pamir plateau,Ayinle is a small nomadic village with only five households in the valley. Grandpa Bilimkul Bolox, who was the first one settled here with his family, is already 91 years old. The construction of the grand Kongur hydroelectric power station will force his family and his neighbors to move away from here. The nomadic life style that Kyrgyz people have maintained for centuries in the Kongur mountain region will also change completely. To the old man, his granddaughter’s wedding ceremony and this year’s feast of Kurban Bayram imply a different meaning from the past years. With the rising of the seasonal wind, flocks of sheep start to migrate from the fall grazing ground to the winter grassland. The valley is gradually disappearing into the dust waves that follow the trucks carrying ore rocks everyday…

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