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From rock star to politician. Freddy Lim, Taiwan’s most political heavy metal singer, pursues his own unique career from passionate stage performer to active member of parliament. We accompany him for one year.

Shaking his long hair and yelling hoarsely into the microphone, Freddy Lim from Taiwan is in his element performing on stage as the lead singer of his heavy metal band. But he’s no less passionate about his political career. In 2015, he founded the New Power Party and just one year later was appointed representative of foreign affairs and national defence in Taiwan’s parliament. What happens when the heavy metal hero of the oppressed people hangs up his stage gear and slips into a made-to-measure politician’s suit? When he switches from tour bus to chauffeur-driven limousine? Or descends from the heady heights of rock stardom to lowly day-to-day politics? We spend a year accompanying the political newcomer as he struggles to find a new identity for a democratic Taiwan. Freddy finds inspiration in his idol, the Dalai Lama, and despite China’s protests, travels to the US for Donald Trump’s inauguration. Will he achieve his goal? Declared by China as a province, Taiwan is recognised by few countries as an independent state. Members of the Sunflower youth movement have managed to become members of Taiwan’s government and for the first time in the country’s history, the opposition is now the ruling party with a female president who fought her election campaign side by side with the voice of youth, Freddy Lim.

Feature Documentary / Politics / Music
Film by Marco Wilms
Length 90’ / 52’ HD
Co-Production HELDENFILM with ZDF/ARTE, with the support of Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg, FFA and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, 2018
Original Title Taiwan: Mit Heavy Metal ins Parlament