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China Screen: Songs from Maidichong

Year: 2017, 82 mins
Code: IC-CSSongs

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Christians from the Miao minority carry their faith through hard times and keep it alive.

A group of Christians from China’s Miao minority are living in Maidichong, a small village in a remote mountain area in Yunnan Province. Christianity was brought to them in 1903 by the English missionary Samuel Polland. He created the Miao script for them, and translated the Bible into their language.

For many years, singing gospels and holy songs have brought to these forgotten and impoverished Miao people hope and light, as well as the courage to carry their faith through hard times, including during the Cultural Revolution.

At that time, by constant political campaigns, treatments and persecutions, they were forced to renounce their faith and adhere to the faithless Communism. Memories of these dark days are still vivid among the villagers, but today, the holy songs are reverberating again in Maidichong, as their beliefs in Divine grace never faded away.

Hu Jie (胡杰) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His works include Remote Mountain (遠山) , Women Matchmaker (媒婆) , The Folk Song on the Plain (平原上的山歌), Though I Am Gone (我雖死去) and Songs from Maidichong (麥地沖的歌聲)

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