Asian Cinema Fund 2018
- Script Development Fund
- Production Support Fund
- Post-Production Fund
- Asian Network of Documentary(AND) Fund
- ACF Showcase
- AND Programs
2009 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund
The Qashqai are a nomadic tribe that lives in southern Iran. They have a distinctive language, culture and artistic tradition that are being eroded by the pressures of fast modernization and urbanization. This is the story of an ancient musical tradition and one man’s struggle to preserve it. Amin is the name of a young Qashqai violinist who has dedicated his life to preserving, documenting and teaching the unique musical tradition of his people, a tradition on the verge of extinction. His nomadic family is selling their meager belongings to help support their son’s education in performance and ethnomusicology at Tchaikovsky’s Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine, but it is not enough. Amin, desperate to finish his university education, sells his best violins one at a time just to pay for his tuition.
This film is my contribution to the preservation of the ancient, unique musical tradition of the Qashqai, a nomadic people who live in the south of Iran. Across Asia, people trying to maintain traditional lifestyles are being pushed to the brink of extinction as their youth abandon the old ways and head for life in big cities. The Qashqai are just such a people, and Amin, the violinist who is the principal subject of this documentary, a rare example of a young man who seeks to preserve and maintain his culture rather than to abandon it. I believe that exposing the magnificent music of the Qashqais to the world through the medium of film will create a new interest in the culture, both among international communities and critically, within Iran itself.