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Film and Discussion

Framing Asia 3: Popcultures and Subcultures

Tuesday 11 April 2017
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


That’s wicked! (11 min)
Joycelyn Lee

This short documentary follows the 15-year old Martin who introduces the viewer to the world of beatboxing in Singapore. The many beatboxers in Singapore are struggling to have their passion and talent recognized by Singaporeans who dismiss beatboxing as ‘noise’. In competitions, they have to show who is best capable of producing drumbeats only with their mouths, lips and tongue.

The Silk Road of Pop (53 min)
Sameer Farooq, Ursula Engel & Stijn Deklerck

On the north-west edge of China lies Xinjiang. Here, along the ancient Silk Road, music is vibrant, infectious, and far-reaching, permeating every corner of the province.
Yet, around the music lies a troubling reality. The Uyghur Muslims are watching their populations dwindle as they are engulfed by a Han-Chinese settlement. The Silk Road of Pop captures the challenges of a minority group in China and the explosive music scene which results.


Ursula Engel (co-director The Silk Road of Pop) studied Graphic Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and later environmental studies at University Utrecht. In 2010, she established a production company for documentaries that has produced several films on China.

Bart Barendregt is an associate professor at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. Bart has an interest in popular and digital culture, and has published on Southeast Asian performance, new and mobile media, and (Islamic) pop music.

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