Dharamshala, May 21: Despite impending pressure from China, a documentary film about the life of Taiwanese legislator and rock sensation Freddy Lim will be screened at the Urban Nomad film festival, Taiwan’s biggest indie film festival, according to its director Macro Wilms.
Wilms said the obstacle for its screening in Taiwan and refusal by venues to screen it is due to Chinese government’s pressure, and the fear of backlash from Beijing as Freddy has been a vocal supporter of Independence for Taiwan as well as Tibet. Freddy has also met the Tibetan leader Dalai Lama and visited the exile Tibetan headquarters here.
Freddy has founded the parliamentary Tibet support group in Taiwanese parliament and is the current chair of the Tibet Support Group in Taiwan. A prominent figure in Taiwan’s underground music circles, Mr. Lim, 42, was until recently best known as the head-bashing frontman of the heavy metal band Chthonic, sometimes called the “Black Sabbath of Asia.”
He is a familiar face at events and campaigns for Tibet in Taiwan.
Displayed behind Mr. Lim’s desk in his office inside a government building in central Taipei is a floor-to-ceiling portrait of the Dalai Lama — “one of my life mentors,” he told New York Times last year.
“Freddy is a rock star, and he’s very charismatic,” said Huang Kuo-chang, a fellow lawmaker and chairman of the New Power Party, the left-wing political party that Mr. Lim helped start in 2015. “He has helped us attract people who did not care about politics at all in the past.”
Despite the impending backlash, Wilm has decided to screen the documentary film about Lim’s journey from a rockstar to the Taiwanese parliament at the Urban Nomad film festival, Taiwan’s biggest indie film festival, between May 17 and May 27, 2018. The film's screening is scheduled for May 21 and May 22, 2018.
Watch the teaser of the film below.
METAL POLITICS TAIWAN Trailer March2017 from HELDENFILM on Vimeo.