The 10 Conditions of Love follows the personal and political struggle of Rebiya Kadeer, the most galvanizing leader of the Uyghur people in 60 years. The Uyghur are China's Muslim minority. From poverty to wealth, protest to imprisonment, Rebiya now lives in exile in the United States. Here she is quickly gaining influential friends and media coverage to help her campaign for her people's human rights. As a result, her children are in prison in China This is a story about the ruthless oppression of 20-million people; of Super Power politicking; and of the pain of a deeply loving family torn violently apart. Written by
The 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival continued to screen this film despite strong protest from the Chinese government, China's removal of 7 Chinese films from the festival and death threats from Chinese citizens. For this decision the festival was honored with the Voltaire Award for free speech and praise from a number of international film festivals and film critics. See more »
An impressive and intense portrait of an indomitable woman
This film is about Rebiya Kadeer and the plight of her people in China. I just watched a screening with a Q&A with Jeff Daniels, the director.
Summary of film: Rebiya Kadeer spent six years in a Chinese prison before being exiled to Washington DC. An tireless advocate for the independence of her oil-rich Uyghur homeland known as East Turkestan she has been punished at every turn by the Chinese authorities, who have now condemned two of her sons to lengthy prison sentences.
Rising from obscurity and poverty to become the seventh richest person in China and two-time Nobel Prize-nominee, Kadeer is an extraordinary woman driven by a fierce commitment to her cause.
Australian filmmaker Jeff Daniels follows Kadeer in her relentless campaign for her people's autonomy, documenting the life of a fearless woman who has paid a terrible price for becoming an international symbol of her nation's struggle.
My review: An intense account of the life of a most impressive women. Her story is always powerful, often tragic and sometimes quite humorous. I believe that this film is important for understanding the delicate and often dangerous geo-politics of Central Asia. Only about an hour long, this film is significant, enjoyable and ultimately worth while.
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