Film records about life of Ashiq, the Uighur bard live in southern border area of Takla Makan Desert, in all its aspect. “Ashiq” means the zealot. Unlike traditional life of Sufi in Islam society, Ashiq who live in southern border area of Takla Makan Desert do different jobs for living except people go into seclusion to cultivate religious sense at Mazar (the grave of Uighur). For example some Ashiq are blacksmiths, other are beggar, merchant, grave-digger, barber, woman Ashiq, Sheykh (the Mazar protector) etc. However the way and contents they sing have remained same as traditional one through the same decent. They convey their earnest feeling to Allah and are doing penance for their sins through this way. This documentary film is a great epic covering whole aspect of Ashiq and moreover, includes a challenge of young generation of Ashiq in the present city.

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120 minutes


16mm, Color


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Liu Xiangchen

Set of writers, film directors, scholars and cultural identity in a variety of perennial walk the edge in most of China Geography. Film masterpiece “sun tribe”, “Mountain Jade”, “Pamir”, “daheyan”, “Falconry people” and produced for the United Nations Human Oral and Intangible Heritage declared the film “China’s Xinjiang Uygur Muqam” were has extensive international and domestic impact of.