Documentary films about the Tujia

 

Hibiscus Town and Its Memory on Film - 2010

On the shores of the mother river of the Tujia ethnic group that lives in central China's Hunan Province is situated a 23 hundred-year-old town. Its name is Hibiscus Town. The ancient town is a famous tourism site in western Hunan Province. During the peak tourism season from March to October, the town receives up to 5,000 visitors a day. Many families here own their own businesses that cater to visitors, including restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops. Tourists can sample local dishes and buy Tujia ethnic artifacts from places along the town's main road. The town became famous after a movie entitled "Hibiscus Town" was shot here in 1986. The film made the ancient town well-known across China overnight and turned it into a popular tourist destination.


The Family. 2006 - 56 min.

Directed by Jia Ding

China is the kind of county comprised of families. The family organization in China has a history lasting about 3000 years. Family shows special effects on the society. Shuangfeng village, a Tujia nationality stockaded village, is located in the western Hunan Province, China. The first name of almost all the villagers is Peng. After several hundred years' development, the family is divided into three offsets, called Dafang, Erfang and Sanfang, respectively. Dafang and Erfang are dominant in the village, and Dafang is subordinate because of its less people. According to the traditions of Tujia nationality, the family should hold the fete ceremony according to their schedule. A president is needed on the ceremony, and then the older people of Erfang and Sanfang began to compete with each other for the presidency. But, exactly at that time, democracy voting began every two years. The young people of Erfang and Sanfang were eager to run for the position of village leader.


Talk between Tan Dun and his hometown - 2000 - 29 min.

Director: Sheng Bo-ji

Culture and ration documentary telefilm "ROOT" will follow the route of Tan Dun in his hometown Hunan, China. It will from pictures by culture and Hunan- Xianxi. The film will develop sound from Tan Dun' works and nature sound to stress the life and the plot and the feeling of the documentary film. It will also try its best to emphasis between modern civilization and traditional culture; contradiction between modern culture and vulgar culture; relationship between art life and life art; etc. The whole film has a new structure and plentiful in formation. It also has artistic appreciation and ideological taste.
The film describes the days of Tan Dun in Miao nationality, Tujia nationality and Dong nationality to reveal beautiful mountains rivers there, dream of artist and also fusion of China and Western culture. (English Subtitles)


Boatman on the Mao Yan River 1998 - 27 min.

Director and Editor: Song Jichang

Boatman on the Mao Yan River is about the breakdown of the centuries-old tradition in filial piety. There is a swift river in the mountainous area of Hunan Province in the central part of China, the Mao Yan River. The Boatmen portrays the conflict of generations, as the father plies his trade of transporting sand along this remote river on his pole driven boat. The son sees no future in continuing his father's occupation and dreams of going to the big city, to make money, and experience an exciting life. This film won the Best Short Documentary Film Award at the 1993 International Television and Film Festival in Sichuan, China.


The Tujia Tiaozang (funeral ritual) San'er he

Director: Xin Dongjun

The Music of the Tujia Autonomous County of Changyang

Tujia is a small town of Changyang County in the Central Chinese Province of Hubei. It has a long tradition of song and dance. This film tells of the popular, traditional folk dance named "Sa Ya He".

Tujia village - Duchang zai xunmen

Tujia Minority Nationality

Tujia Tapestry

The Tujia People in the West of Hubei Province

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