|Documentary films about the Hani/Akha|
Soul of the Corn- Documentary film: (guhun) - 33 min - 2008
Directed by: Meilan and Lu Bin
The film depicts the last places where the Hani people still cultivate fallow lands with the traditional slash and burn method. The director, himself a Hani and a painter started painting all the process of the slash and burn cycle.
(born 1956) and Wang Yi (born 1964) are a married couple. By profession
both are freelance journalists deeply committed to chronicling the 'disappearing
worlds' of Chinese ethnic minorities. To make this film, they lived for
four years amongst the Madang Akha and shot over 100 hours of rushes.
More about this film: http://www.therai.org.uk/film/festival/2007//films/transformation.htm
Sun on the Akha (2006) - 51'
Life in the cities and countryside in Akha country, not far from the Burmese border, in China's Yunnan province. A logbook featuring some remarkable scenes of shamanist sessions in spontaneous situations.
Hani Textile Arts in Jinping (2005) - 29 min
He Yuan, Wang Jing. Production: Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences, Community
Development Research Center
of Hani embroidery, traditionally passed down through generations of Hani
women, is slowly vanishing. The film documents the process of the textile
art, while also featuring the Hani women¡¯s thoughts regarding
this disappearing art form.
WOMEN follows the trade of women in all its complexity, entering the worlds
of brothel owners, trafficked girls, voluntary sex-workers, corrupt police
and anxious politicians. The film also explores the international community's
response to the issue.
Akha (Hani) New Year: Gatangpa- 2003 - 20 min
Photography: Zeng Yiqun, Lu Bin. Original animation drawing: Mei Lanq
¡°Gatangpa¡± is the name of the Hani tribe¡¯s New Year¡¯s festival which has not been held since the Cultural Revolution. Mei Lanq, a young Hani man, uses animation to recreate the Gatangpa festival while incorporating indigenous knowledge acquired through interviews with elder members of the Hani tribe. Through the use of this new approach, the film attempts to impart the significance of the tribe¡¯s lost traditions to the next generation
describes their origins and their culture. It contains extraordinary footage
of a shaman healing ceremony; a funeral, with the ritual sacrifice of
a water buffalo ; the reading of a pig's liver after a new house is built,
Borders tells the story of an Akha village headman, Abaw Buseuv, who goes
in a journey from Thailand to China. He is accompanied by a Akha radio
broadcaster and the filmmaker. Their aim is to attend the gathering of
the Akha people and to transmit discussions about their situation and
future of the Akha people to remote mountain villages.
More info: http://www.ambienttv.net/akha/vb/index.html
to a village of the Hani ethnic minority in order to recreate actual experiences
of making an ethnographic program there. This village in the mountains
receives many visitors who come to film the beautiful terraced rice paddies
and the villagers in their traditional ethnic dress as they go about their
farming. In return for filming a single water buffalo, the locals demand
compensation. This work illustrates how television companies and the tourist
industry have comfortably "paid" for their filming subjects
over the years, and consequently warped the financial values of one community.
More info: http://www.yidff.jp/docbox/23/box23-3-e.html
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