February 2010, the National Concert Hall staged the multimedia musical production, On The Road. It tells the story of the internationally renowned conductor, Chien Wen-Pin, searching for his childhood aboriginal nanny. One of the play’s organisers, Taiwan Colors Music (TCM), defined this work as “the first original, aboriginal musical in Taiwanese music history”. Adding new material, the director’s cut of On The Road goes beyond the National Concert Hall’s official documentary to reveal a diverse array of opinions through expanded interviews. A key theme emerges from these dialogues, that of the status of aboriginal music itself: If it is not accepted and performed in the National Concert Hall, can it still be considered legitimate music?
Lungnan Isak Fangas is one of the few aboriginal film directors in Taiwan. He began to make documentaries after receiving a BA in Sociology from National Taiwan University in 1999. He now studies in the Film Production Program at the University of Texas at Austin. His past works have focused on a variety of topics and speak for aboriginal people.