Diamond in the Dunes

PBS, 2014

China’s Xinjiang Province is divided between the Uyghur Muslim minority and the ruling Han Chinese. Since 1949, Uyghur and Chinese have lived in racial segregation—until the arrival of baseball.

Inspired by the legacy of Jackie Robinson, Uyghur university student Parhat has a miraculous dream that baseball will heal Xinjiang’s racial divide and lift the spirits of his people.

Parhat leads his university baseball team—the only team for 1,000 miles in any direction—with students of both ethnicities. Finally, after a year of practice, Parhat and the team travel thirty hours by train to the Tibetan Plateau to play their only game of the season.

For these players, baseball is more than a game: it’s a test of their unity and a vehicle for their spiritual transformation.

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