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Through the foreign yet local lens

Four expat screenwriters took advantage of a unique chance to realize their productions on the big screen, with the resulting shorts screening at Urban Nomad Film Festival

By Han Cheung  /  Staff Reporter

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This year’s Urban Nomad is premiere heavy, with 37 films showing for the first time in Taiwan. Frazier says many of the filmmakers will be on site for discussions, including Jennifer Shagawat, producer for the opening film Here to Be Heard and riot grrrl musician who will do a question and answer session with Taiwan’s own riot grrl, Gao Xiao-gao (高小糕).

“We don’t want to be Netflix, where you just pick the one that’s interesting,” Frazier says. “How do we add another dimension and make it more of a personal experience?”

In addition to the usual themes of music, art, social movements and technology, this year also has a Grrl Power category, established after Frazier noticed that between one-third and half of the selections were either about women or by female directors.

Frazier says the film that is getting the most attention, judging from online activity, is Metal Politics Taiwan, a German production about Taiwanese metal singer-turned-politician Freddy Lim (林昶佐).

“It’s an interesting one, being by a German filmmaker whose primary audience is overseas but about Taiwanese politics,” he says.

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