In “Diamond in the Dunes,” director Christopher Rufo captures how baseball unites Muslim Uyghur and Han Chinese students at Xinjiang University. Faced with insufficient numbers to form separate teams, these students set aside ethnic differences, uniting under Uyghur captain Parhat Ablat to gear up for their sole game of the season.

Set in ethnically-divided Xinjiang, the film follows Parhat from rural life to university leadership. Despite internal racial tensions and a decisive loss in their only season game, Parhat’s spirit remains unbroken. The film concludes with him teaching village children baseball, embodying his name, ‘hero’ in Uyghur.

Diamond in the Dunes | August 10, 2014 (United States) 7.9
Director: Christopher RufoSummary: Muslim Uyghur and Han Chinese students at China's Xinjiang University live segregated lives, except on the baseball field. Lacking enough students from a single ethnic group, they need each other to play baseball. Diamond in the Dunes follows this team and their charismatic captain, Parhat Ablat, as they overcome ethnic differences and prepare for their only game of the season.
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