“Live From UB” shows Mongolia through the eyes of its boldest musicians from the 1970s to today. Rock music was the catalyst for freedom, the vehicle for international curiosity, and now, the medium for Mongolian nationalism. It follows the story of today’s most promising independent band, Mohanik, as they create a new sound for their country and discover what it means to be Mongolian today.
Lauren Knapp is a multimedia storyteller interested in ethnography through documentary. She has been working in film, television, and radio since 2006 and has been broadcast on the PBS NewsHour, PRI’s The World, WQED, and The Allegheny Front. In 2011, she moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with the support of a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship where she researched and produced “Live From UB” (2014), a feature length documentary on rock music and national identity among Mongolia’s urban youth. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University.