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This scene from the documentary Broken Silence presents Qu Xiao Song, the celebrated Chinese composer of contemporary classical music.
‘Broken Silence’ is a documentary by director Eline Flipse. The documentary is a visually arresting exploration of the fate of music after China’s Cultural Revolution and won many international awards, including the prestigious Grand Prix of Visions du Real in Nyon, Switzerland.
It focuses on five prominent Chinese composers – Qi Gang Chen, Tan Dun, Wenjing Guo, Qu Xiao-Song, Mo Wuping – who only came into contact with Western classical music, which was labelled anti-revolutionary, in the late seventies.