The 10 Conditions of Love, a controversial documentary by Australian director Jeff Daniels about the Uyghur minority in China, will receive its world premiere via online doc portal joiningthedocs.tv on July 27. The on-demand doc channel will stream the doc alongside the Melbourne fest, which will still show the film despite protests from the Chinese Embassy in Australia, and from two Chinese directors who are withdrawing from the festival due to the film. ‘We are delighted to be premiering this film which has struggled to get made because television channels felt that the story wasn’t of interest to them,’ said Nick Ware, managing director of the joiningthedocs.tv. ‘Premiering it online is a great way to reach a global audience with a film of huge topical interest.’ The film profiles Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer, accused by the Chinese Government of inciting the riots in China in Xinxiang province earlier this month, that left at least 197 people dead and more than 1,600 injured. The fighting was between the mostly Muslim Uyghur’s and settlers from China’s Han majority. Kadeer is expected to appear at the Melbourne Film Festival.
- RS West ’18