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    Four inspiring tales for the price of none

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/10/2017

    » The gift of love, kindness and generosity from the late King Bhumibol lives on in the minds of all Thais. It serves as the inspiration behind the anthology film Khong Kwan (The Gift), comprised of four short films by four Thai directors to be screened free of charge beginning Saturday at cinemas nationwide.

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    Force-fed film belongs deep in dark vaults

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/12/2014

    » Strange things have happened at the cinemas. First, Hitler showed up in a Thai short film sponsored by the government (meaning by taxpayers), the radioactive gatecrasher into a party of virtuous citizens. Second, another Thai film featuring, among other things, a joke about the anal cleft — it's funny as long as it's not your anal cleft — is raking in a huge amount of money at the multiplexes, likely surpassing the 100-million-baht mark as you're reading this, which is after just four days of release. Cinema enlightens, even in the dark forest of swastikas and bodily bergschrunds.

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    A place where indies can thrive

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/03/2018

    » The stone latticework of Cinema Oasis gives its façade a vaguely Middle Eastern look. Up on the 2nd floor gallery that runs along the screening room, pockets of sunlight shine in through the gaps in the pattern. Looking down, you see what's left of what was once a large pond. An oasis, maybe, as the name suggests.

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    Southern discomfort, by those who live it

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/08/2017

    » 'I'm not really a photographer. In fact I hated photography," said photographer Mumadsoray Deng from Pattani.

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    The women of Wanita

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/03/2017

    » Nine years ago, Ropita Mahamat almost lost her son in a shooting incident, a dishearteningly familiar story in the Deep South. One night at 9pm in Pattani, her son was picking a relative from a pondok school when unidentified gunmen opened fire on him -- or, more likely, on someone else, though the bullets hit him. This circumstance, like so many similar ones in the region, was never clearly explained.

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    All we want for Christmas is less South strife

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/12/2012

    » All we want for Christmas is often something we can't get. World peace? Poverty eradication? That would make Santa sweat like a North Pole pig. No more violence, no more discrimination, no more settlements in the West Bank, no more brutality against the Rohingya, no more extremism, no more torture, no more drone attacks, no more school shootings, no more global warming, no more deportation of migrant workers, no more censorship, no more floods, earthquakes, tsunamis - wish for those and we're going to sound like John "Imagine" Lennon with flowers in his hair, though I believe Lennon was often right in general and wrong in some particulars.

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    Censors ban 'Shakespeare' film

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/04/2012

    » A new Thai film based on a famous William Shakespeare play has been banned by censors on the grounds that its content may cause disunity among the people.

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