Live From UB (Lauren Knapp, US, 2014)
82 minutes, European premiere
Screening at Asia House
Language: Mongolian with English subtitles
Director: Lauren Knapp
Producers: Lauren Knapp, Dulguun Bayasgalan
Cinematographer: Lauren Knapp
Tickets for this film are £8 for adults; £6 concessions and £5 for Asia House Friends (members). They can be purchased here or from Eventbrite below:-
Western-style pop and rock first began appearing on the streets of Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar in the 1970s, but attempts by local musicians to create a sound along similar lines were initially compromised under the communist regime. Following the country’s break from the Soviet Union in 1991, music provided new means of expression for its first generation to grow up in a democratic society. With local audiences limited by Mongolia’s relatively small population, local bands began developing their own distinctive voices, exploring such issues as cultural and national identity and their place in a globalised world while integrating traditional methods of instrumentation such as overtone singing and horse-head fiddle-playing into their music.
In her feature documentary debut, Lauren Knapp immerses the viewer within this vibrant music scene, taking in its history and focusing on many of its major players. She follows one of the country’s most exciting independent bands, Mohanik, in their search for a sound that can truly be described as Mongolian as they prepare to record their latest album.
+ Skype Q & A with director Lauren Knapp after the film
For more information on the film go to the film’s website here.
To watch the trailer click below.
This film is being screened as part of the Asia House Film Festival 2016. To read about all the films being screened at this year’s Festival click here.
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