Tian Feng and His Institute 田丰和传习馆

Tian Feng and His Institute
In November 1993, Tian Feng, a first-class composer in the China Central Philharmonic arrived in Yunnan Province with a donation worthy of 100,000 RMB from a military base in Tibet. With the money Tian established the Yunnan Institute for Preservation of Minority Cultures on the original site of the former Southwestern Forestry Institute in Anning County, thirty kilometers west of the provincial capital city of Kunming. This was to be China’s first private institute to preserve traditional ethnic minority cultures. The teachers and students of the Institute that Tian brought together were from remote villages. The teachers are all local talents. They taught the students their respective ethnic music and dances. Apart from tuition waivers, the students were also provided with free boarding. The opening of the institute attracted much attention; some hailed it as “China’s No. 1 School.” Seven years later, in June 2000, the school had to be disbanded due to financial difficulties. Having taken ten years to finish (1994-2005), this documentary records the lives and struggles of the students and teachers under the leadership of Tian Feng.

Directed by Liu Xiaojin, 180 mins; 2005; English Subtitles

刘晓津 《田丰和传习馆》180 mins, 2005 (Tian Feng and His Institute)
一九九三年十一月,中国中央乐团国家一级作曲家田丰带着西藏水利工程兵某部捐赠的十万元人民币,在距昆明30公里地的安宁县境内,原西南林学院校址,开办了”云南民族文化传习馆”. 传习馆的师生是田丰从云南边远村落招集来的农民。教员是当地有威望的民族民间艺人,大多不会说汉话或写汉字。学员是和教员同族同村的年龄在16-20岁的年青人。传习馆的教学方式,是通过教员向学员口传身授,把云南各个民族有悠久历史传统的音乐歌舞继承保存下来。凡是来到这里的师生,都不交学费,由传习馆提供他们的吃、住,并发给一些零花钱。传习馆的经济来源则完全靠田丰个人向社会集资。传习馆的开办引起了社会的关注,有人把它称为“中国第一馆”。

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