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The Changing Timeline by Memetjan Semet

by Darren Byler

Like many in his cohort of emerging Uyghur filmmakers Memetjan is a fan of Iranian realist dramas from directors such as Asghar Farhadi and the fantastic soundscapes and worlds of color in the work of Hollywood filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers. The revolution in digital film-production technology as well as easy access to international cinematic worlds through on-line video streaming sites have given dozens of young filmmakers like Memetjan a chance of build their own cinematic styles. These young filmmakers are educated in Uyghur, Chinese, English and often Turkish; unlike previous generations of Uyghur filmmakers who were much more limited in what they could see and study, they are cultivating a strong cinematic acumen; they don’t just watch Hollywood blockbusters, they also watch obscure art films.

Over the next decade new forms of Uyghur cinema which are influenced by American cinema and the films of the Islamic world will emerge in Chinese Central Asia. These films will feature Uyghur voices that speak first to Uyghurs, but they will also open up Uyghur society to the outside world in a way that it has never been seen before.

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The Changing Timeline by Uyghur Filmmaker Memetjan Semet

This film The Changing Timeline by Memetjan Semet was one of the final films he made as a student at the Xinjiang Art's Institute. He has since moved to the United States where he hopes to continue his work as a leading Uyghur filmmaker.

from The Changing Timeline (2016)
Creator: Memetjan Semet
Posted by Darren Byler