Reel Asian Contest: SILK ROAD OF POP

POV is proud to support the 17th annual Reel Asian International Film Festival, taking place November 5-16, 2013 in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now – click here to make your picks!

We’re excited to co-present the film Silk Road of Pop on Friday, November 8, and we have a pair of tickets to give away for it!

To be entered into the draw to win, email us at with subject line “Silk Road of Pop” with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your caption for the above still from the film

It’s that easy! Contest closes Wednesday, November 6th at 5pm. Winners will be notified by email the following morning.

Film synopsis:

“In the northwestern edge of China along the ancient Silk Road, music is one of the hottest commodities. Permeating every corner of the province, it is vibrant and infectious. Yet, around the music lies a troubling reality. The region’s main population—the Uyghur Muslims—gradually watch their numbers dwindle as they are engulfed by Han Chinese settlement.

Apprehensive about life choices, Ay turns to music for answers. She is drawn to musicians who mirror her struggles in their songs. Silk Road of Pop follows Ay’s influences and idols, revealing traditional music culture in Kashgar, metal bands, and hip-hop crews who practice in basements of old communist block towers.

Silk Road of Pop explores what it means to be young and Uyghur in China, showing how music becomes a tool of liberation for a minority trying to assert its identity in a repressive environment.

Sameer Farooq is a Pakistani Canadian born in Nova Scotia. Originally trained as cultural anthropologist, he is co-founder of the documentary collective Smoke Signal Projects. Farooq lived and worked in China on and off over the last 13 years, and he is currently based in Toronto and Rhode Island, where he is completing his MFA.”