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On a Tightrope is an award-winning documentary film by Petr Lom, co-produced by Piraya Film and Lom Films, in cooperation with the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights. The film revolves around four children living in an orphanage in Xinjiang province, China. The children are Uyghurs, members of... MORE
On a Tightrope is an award-winning documentary film by Petr Lom, co-produced by Piraya Film and Lom Films, in cooperation with the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights. The film revolves around four children living in an orphanage in Xinjiang province, China. The children are Uyghurs, members of China's largest Muslim minority. Their dream is to become tightrope walkers, an ancient Uyghur tradition. The children start learning to tightrope walk, but within a few months, they are judged inadequate by their coach. Now some of their dreams change: one wants to become a teacher, another a professional singer. One of them however, feels he is simply too small to be good at anything. Eventually, even the one judged most talented at tightrope walking, and the one who dreams of a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for tightrope walking, is let go by the unscrupulous coach who seems only interested in money. One year later, a different coach comes to the orphanage. Through love and kindness, he turns the children's initial failure at tightrope walking into success. The film culminates with their performance on a high wire - without a safety net - in front of their entire home town. LESS
In an orphanage in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, children study tightrope walking. As Uighurs, China's largest Muslim minority, they carry on an ancient tradition. An intimate look into the lives of four Uighur orphans attempting the high wire, the documentary offers a rare window into everyday life in the region, showing the powerful hand of the Chinese government, which prohibits youth from practicing their Islamic faith. As the children's story unfolds, the precarious nature of their existence comes into focus. The tightrope becomes a metaphor for their lives, as they walk the line between childhood dreams and harsh realities. As Uighurs, they must also find a way to preserve their culture while adhering to repressive Communist law - the most delicate act of all.
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