Chronicle of the Minority Institute



In November 1993, Tian Feng, a first class composer from the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, arrived in Yunnan, and opened the Yunnan Minority Nationalities Institute of Traditional Culture.

Tian Feng proposed the prinicple of “seek authenticity and prohibit adaptations”. He wishes to start from this concept to save the music and dance culture with “classical
characteristics” (his words) from the destructive forces of recent economic trends.
The Institute has always been financially strapped. As the difficulties and financial problems mounted,the institute staff have gradually deserted the Institute. In May
of 2000, the Yunnan Minority Nationality Institute of Culture was disbanded.

This documentary film is a story of ups and downs, devotions and frustrations, tears and laughters, and tells the contradictions between ideal and reality, individual and society.

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84 minutes


Betacam, Color


Liu Xiao-Jing

Born in Tian Jin, China. Graduated Chinese literature from the University of Yunnan. In 1984, Liu has edited and directed in Yunnan TV station, mainly about the productions of documentaries. In 1995 Liu has worked in CCTV and has returned Yunnan TV in 1996 to shoot films about the rural villages in Yunnan. She has won numerous domestic and international awards and now she is also an independent film- maker.