The Melbourne International Film Festival is finding the politics of nationalism just a bit tricky right now. That's a good thing.

It all started with the Festival's decision to screen the documentary The 10 Conditions of Love, a film which profiles the Uighur separatist Rebiya Kadeer. The Chinese government was already highly sensitive about Kadeer and the World Uighur Congress. But matters took a serious turn after the recent violence in Urumqi, which Chinese media have claimed was "instigated and masterminded" by Kadeer.