【身份認同】篇 Awakening of Identities
中國大陸 China︱2012︱76 min︱郝智強 HAO Zhi-qiang
Best Chinese Documentary Award, Shanghai International TV Festival
This is a story about Uyghur youth coming of age in Xinjiang.
Seventeen-years-old Aydar did not pass his college entrance exam. Since his father passed away, he had became the head of the family; this nurtured him into a careful person, despite his passion for the extreme sport, Parkour. On the other hand, his adventurous younger brother Xirali loves extreme sports and wants to become Jackie CHAN, someday. Their mom is worried about their love for danger, their reckless lifestyle, and wishes that they could be more grounded.
Kids from different ethnic groups but of similar age join the ESP Parkour Team with hopes of making it to the National Parkour Competition in Beijing. They spend endless hours looking for the perfect practicing grounds, desperately raising funds for the trip to Beijing, and seeking help and support wherever they can. Each step was fraught with challenges as team members begin to waver their decision. But the fearless Xirali and the newest member Sadam have their eyes set on Beijing.
Aydar knows he won’t be able to participate in the competition but he secretly helps Xirali raise traveling funds, while Xirali puts on street performances. Sadam also travels thousands of miles to seek help from relatives. His grandparents are reluctant and discourage him, his estranged and drunken father refuses, but his mother’s love and generosity further infuses Sadam’s passion.
Meanwhile, the brother’s mom finally finds out about Xirali’s desire to participate in this extreme sport competition, and despite her fears and worries, she accompanies Xirali to the train station and watches as her younger son embarks on his own journey.