A 10-minute teaser of the future feature-length musical documentary ‘Made in Old China’ – which proves that tradition can’t survive without people and that people can’t exist without culture.
‘Made in Old China’ – ‘Lao Qiang’ – is about two faces of China in one lifetime.
‘Made in Old China’ tells the story of a group of musicians who managed to protect their 2000-year-old tradition from destruction and become stars in a modern China.
The ‘Old Tunes Music Band’, farmers from Shaanxi Province, perform a musical tradition older than 2000 years – originally serving the purpose of accompaniment for their shadow-puppet shows – then, the only entertainment in rural China.
Despite the low status of artists and the small payment for their performances (in bags of rice), the “Old Tunes Music” thrived for generations as a part of the family heritage. This continuity was put at great risk during the Cultural Revolution. Although the musicians showed enthusiasm about communism and the future depicted by Chairman Mao, when asked by the Red Guards to destroy the traditional scripts they found themselves incapable of fulfilling the request.