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A noisy city in south China, full of high-rise buildings, crowded with heavy traffic.
An in-city village fading away from memory, carrying history, remaining natural and plain.
A group of young men, old men, children and women.
They are guarding the dragon boats stored under the river.
They respect them as parents; treat them as brothers.
Time passes but they remain unchanged.
This waiting, does it come from the cling to faith, or from the recall of cultural identity?
This choice, is it a raise of national self-esteem, or a bitter clutch at the glorious past?
The village is vanishing; the dragon boating is fading; the folk custom is turning to be history. This moment, this place,
these people, will they still be there next year?
In May and June 2007, the Guangzhou Folk Literature and Art Association started up a newsreel shooting on dragon boating,
with the witness and guidance of dozens of folk custom experts, and the strong supports from the local village and town government, TV stations and the Guangzhou Lugift Dissemination Co., Ltd. The two-month’s field shooting tracked and gave exclusive report on the whole series of dragon boating custom in Chebei, Guangzhou. For example, boat lifting, boat decorating, boating invitation dispatching, plucking, training, racing and gathering. This is an honor to the folk custom guardians for their hardships and perseverance behind the jollifications of the Dragon Boat Festival. This is also a profound reflection on the culture protection under urbanization’s ironing heel.
Please pay attention to it.
Planning: The Guangzhou Folk Literature and Art Association www.gzmjwy.com
Organizing: Mr. LU SuiGang
Consulting: 020-83226423 80979521