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    Cinema Politico

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/12/2018

    » The premiere of the social-commentary film Ten Years Thailand on Tuesday night saw a number of political celebrities in the vaulted foyer of the Scala, brushing elbows with journalists, film professionals and gawking onlookers. Sulak Sivaraksa was there, as well as historian Charnvit Kasetsiri, Thongthong Chandrangsu and several political-science scholars. Big names from political parties showed up: Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit from Future Forward, Parit Ratanakulserirengrit from the Democrats, Chatchat Sitthiphun and Wattana Muangsuk from Pheu Thai, Sombat Boon-ngamanong from Krian Party. Invitations had been sent out to all parties, according to the film producers, but no one from Palang Pracharat and Bhumjaithai attended the screening.

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    A very touchy subject

    Brunch, Andrew Biggs, Published on 29/04/2018

    » This week our prime minister came face to face with the hottest musical group in Thailand.

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    What's trending and happening this week.

    Muse, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 04/11/2017

    » 1 Vive La France! From this month forward, citizens of Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, India and Russia won't have to wait 10 days for their visa delivery time. The French government has now significantly reduced visa delivery times to merely 48 hours in order to try to increase the number of foreign tourists following a dramatic dip due to the wave of terrorist attacks in 2016. This year, the country is targeting 89 million tourists from 83 million last year, and plans to bring in 100 million tourists in 2020.

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    Breaking bad news

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 27/01/2017

    » Now that 2016 is finally over, we can rest assured that all the bull**** and f**kery it brought with it will never be repeated. Right? RIGHT?! Bleh, who knows what the future has in store for us. Let's face it, this time last year the thought of Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States probably made you spit out your coffee or, if you're a hipster, choke on your kale juice. But then again, never say never, right?

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    An empathetic view

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 26/07/2016

    » Imagine a room full of red-lace bras, packs of condoms and a dancing pole -- did we just wander into an illicit, red-light district somewhere? No, these items are brazenly displayed at perhaps one of the most unusual museums in the country: This Is Us -- Empower Foundation's Museum of Sex Works in Thai Society.

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    Words behaving badly

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 15/07/2016

    » If the politicians and people of power here do anything well, it's finding the right euphemisms to spin "bad" terms into, well, "not so bad" terms.

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    A play of righteousness

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 28/06/2016

    » After the great success of its premiere on June 9, the Fine Arts Department's stage play Phra Mahajanaka, makes a comeback tomorrow at 1pm at the National Theatre near Sanam Luang.

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    Freedom of the stage

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 22/05/2015

    » Ornanong ThaisriwongPerformer, director | B-Floor TheatreRecent work: Bang La MerdUp next: See Wan Nai Deun Kanya (Four Days In September)

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    The shape-shifting form of protests

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 06/10/2015

    » The streets remained empty and all was quiet when thousands of people gathered last Wednesday night to protest against the government's Single Gateway proposal. Protesters weren't, however, down at major landmarks like Asoke or Ratchaprasong intersections, but simply in front of their computer screens. By merely punching the refresh button, these protesters let their resentment known to the authorities by crashing at least six government sites, including the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.

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    By lens, stage and paint, truth

    Life, Published on 10/12/2014

    » In 2009, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit made I'm Fine Sabai Dee Ka, a three-minute satirical film/performance art piece in which she locks herself in a cage placed in front of the Democracy Monument. Passers-by (both actors and unsuspecting pedestrians) take photographs and stop to ask her what happened. She smiles and repeats the same answer: "I'm fine in here." Tanwarin, who once served as the president of the Thai Film Director Association, is a prolific filmmaker who has made independent and mainstream films. In 2010, her low-budget production, Insects In The Backyard, made headlines when it became the first film to be banned under the 2006 Film Act (censors said the film depicted inappropriate images of student prostitutes and a penis).

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