Imagine leaving home for the first time, perhaps leaving for college or any new exciting venture that life throws your way. However, there are some things to keep in mind and consider. To partake in this new prospect do you simply uproot yourself from the comfort of your home, friends and family? On the other hand, can you pass up a great opportunity which is the chance of a lifetime?
This dilemma is evident in
the film Life of a Hunter while it
traces the life of a young Kazakh falconer, Serik. Residing in the Western part of China in a
rocky terrain, viewers follow the protagonist as he contemplates his move to
the big city, Urumqi, in China or remaining in the pastures. This big city is rapidly expanding and money
is the main basis for having relationships.
However, the pastures are his home and place of comfort and
Through this adventure the
film tracks the traditional culture of Kazakh.
These traditions include entertainment such as music and hunting. It also depicts how the simple lives of
Kazakhs are being drastically changed by the upbeat tempo of changes in China. The universal message of this theme is to
illustrate the cultural beliefs and traditions of the Kazakhs.
This documentary won for
BEST IN CINEMATOGRAPHY at TWIFF 2011. It
was directed by Peter Kirby who is also the cinematographer.
To visit the trailer: http://vimeo.com/30614883
How can a person preserve
their cultural traditions in a world that is evolving and expanding every day? Please comment below to share your answer.