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Kings of the Sky

Deborah Stratman's thoughtful 2004 video documentary observes from a respectful distance as Adil Hoxur and his Uighur circus troupe perform throughout the Xinjiang region of China. Descended from Turks and devoted to Islam, the Uighur people have maintained their cultural traditions in this part of China for over five centuries, and Hoxur, heir to a long line of tightrope artists, is a national hero. But as Stratman makes poignantly clear, he and his fellow performers are still regarded with suspicion, and sometimes open hostility, by the Chinese police and military. In Uighur and Mandarin with subtitles. 68 min.

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