Fri, Apr 14, 2006 - Page 17 News List

Long live the underground

Urban Nomad is back with more diverse alternative visions


Idealistic and optimistic at first, the group settles down in the now bulldozed "Tree Village" in the suburb of Beijing, a legendary settlement of rock musicians and social drop-outs.

The film follows the failing attempts of the Malaysian rockers to get gigs and mingle with the tough crowds, and gives audiences an insight into the urban tribe of rockers who don't fit in to the fast-changing society and choose to live in poverty and make music as a social protest against China's rapid development toward capitalism.

For those who feel the three-hour-long programs of experimental film is just too much, there is a chill-out space for visitors to walk around, sip beer and enjoy a good chat with friends or strangers. At Urban Nomad, visitors will not find dark, confining theaters, but a film party where people are free to share their thoughts and feelings with other individuals.

Festival notes

What: Urban Nomad Film Fest (城市游牧影展)

Where: Huashan Cultural Center (華山文化園區), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1, Taipei (臺北市八德路一段1號)

When: Tonight beginning at 7:30pm; tomorrow and Sunday at 7pm.

Tickets: NT$200 for one day; NT$500 for a four-day festival pass.

For more information on films to be screened, visit

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