TV documentary on Xinjiang by Uygur director makes debut
BEIJING, May 7 (Xinhua) -- A TV documentary series on people living in Xinjiang premiered in the auditorium of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Sunday.
The TV documentary, "I'm Going to Xinjiang," showcases the experiences of 24 people who have worked and lived in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The figures featured in the eight-episode series include scholars, officials sent to support Xinjiang, a Hong Kong businessman, and foreign students.
The documentary shows the diversity of Xinjiang and the cultural inclusiveness of China. Centering on themes such as land reclamation, challenges, going home and exploration, it also tells stories from Xinjiang related to the Belt and Road Initiative.
A book under the same name has also been published this year. The TV documentary will be screened on China Central Television (CCTV) in mid-May.
Kurbanjan Semat, the documentary's director, is a 35-year-old Uygur photographer. He came to national prominence due to his portraits of 100 Xinjiang people in his book "I'm from Xinjiang" in 2014, which was well received both at home and overseas, and has been translated into nine foreign languages.