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Ashiq: The Last Troubadour

 Ashiq film screening
Q&A with the director, Liu Xiangchen

Date: 27 March 2017Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 27 March 2017Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Djam Kamran Lecture Theatre (DLT)

Type of Event: Film

(2010/120 minutes)

Filmmaker, scholar, and writer, Liu Xiangchen is Professor of Visual Anthropology at Xinjiang Normal University, and an award-winning documentary film-maker who has spent many years recording the daily lives and religious practices of Muslim peoples living in China’s borderlands.

This film, which is based on five years of ethnographic filming, records the daily life of the Ashiq, the Uyghur Sufi mystics who live on the fringes of the Taklamakan Desert in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. The film includes rare footage of their sama’ ritual gatherings and their rich musical traditions. It uses carefully observed conversations and interviews to reveal the everyday lives of Ashiq, their concerns and priorities, and the challenges faced by the young generation trying to make their way in a rapidly modernising environment.


The event is free and open to the public, no booking necessary.


Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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