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On a Tightrope


Filmmaker Petr Lom works within the strict control of the Chinese government to offer a moving account of four orphans descended from a thousand-year-old Muslim minority known as the Uighur as they struggle to learn the ancient tradition of tightrope walking in preparation of eventually striking out on their own. With more than 8 million people populating the expansive landscapes of Northwestern China, the Uighur people represent China's largest Muslim minority. From the relentless demands of their...more