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    Devil on the doorstep

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/02/2018

    » You go into a Lav Diaz's movie as if you were going into a church, or a trench war, or an ultra-marathon: you prepare for the epic length, the brutal transcendentalism and the implacable burden of history that hit you like a blow.

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    Time is not on our side

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/01/2018

    » This is a note on an important Thai film that is unlikely to be shown in Thailand. Such is the fate of home-grown cinema in a time of disease, the time of a black hole.

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    Thailand award ceremony honours champions of LGBTI advocacy

    Life, Published on 14/12/2017

    » This week, the Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand, the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Science and their partners announced the recipients of the inaugural Ardhanareeswara Award to honour distinctive individuals and groups working for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) rights and health advocacy. The event was held inside the auditorium at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

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    Oscar contenders from around the world

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 10/11/2017

    » A record 92 films have been submitted to the Oscar Foreign Language Film category. We take a look at some

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    Thai-Myanmar production speaks universal language

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 29/12/2016

    » 'I've always been under the wrong impression that English is an absolute international language," said Thai filmmaker Adsajun Sattagovit. But upon directing the Thai-Myanmar film TT & Donut, which premiered this month at the National Theatre of Yangon and will be released in Myanmar after New Year, Adsajun said he has found the true language of the world.

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    The inciting incident

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 06/10/2017

    » On Sept 24, 1976, two electricians were beaten and hanged to death from the top of a gate somewhere in Nakhon Pathom, victims of an escalating right-wing terror in Thai politics of that heady decade. Two weeks later, as protests against the return to the Kingdom of former dictator Gen Thanom Kittikajorn gathered steam, students at Thammasat University staged a play about the hanging of the two men. Soon the photographs of the play were used by nationalists to whip up anger and fear of communism, which led to the massacre on the morning of Oct 6 as police and militias laid siege to the university, killing, maiming and brutalising scores of people in one of the worst incidents of bloodshed in modern Thai history.

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    Indonesia's torchbearers

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/11/2016

    » A woman who rises above the trauma of polygamy in Sulawesi; a Muslim girl and her transvestite father, who works the street of Jakarta; three sisters in a courtship game; a war veteran confronting the harsh aftermath of newly independent Indonesia. At the Tokyo International Film Festival this year, Indonesia is the focus of the Crosscut Asia section, a programme that telescopes national cinema for social and aesthetic angles.

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    Toronto top picks

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 22/09/2017

    » A showcase of Oscar hopefuls and world cinema highlights, the film festival which wrapped up last weekend is one of the most influential in the world. Here are our highlights

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    Binge-watching history

    Life, Published on 20/10/2016

    » All entertainment programmes have been pulled off the air during this period of national mourning, naturally including the drama series that have long been a staple of primetime television. But there's one series that's currently showing and fits warmly into the present mood of kingly remembrance.

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