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    Political musings

    Life, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Politicians are sometimes regarded with disdain, but Asst Prof Trirong Suwankhiri from the Democrat Party is often exempt from such an unfriendly regard. The public, especially those who have grown up observing the politics of the 1980s and 90s, remember him as "Doctor Sam Sri", which refers to the meaning of his name -- "the Thai flag with three colours". A true orator, Trirong's parliamentary debates were full of humour and gags and delivered in his signature thick southern accent. What sets him apart is not just his comical nature, but his relatively corruption-free image.

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    Thai independent films going strong

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/08/2016

    » History, identity, cavemen, dwarves -- independent Thai films taking on those subjects (and curiosities) are making the rounds at the film festival circuit this season. While the big multiplex release of the year is likely to be Fanday, the first output from GDH 559 (previously GTH) slated for Sept 1, some Thai indie titles are busily injecting necessary edge and provocation to the scene.

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    Filming history

    Muse, Kong Rithdee, Published on 01/10/2016

    » Anocha Suwichakornpong's first degree is in jewellery design, but you won't see any gleaming items on her. A small woman with a pixie cut, the film director is more interested in crafting images than making necklaces (or wearing one) -- and that's good for her and even better for us on this side of the screen. On a recent afternoon she showed up to meet us, and the long talk was about film, memory, feminism, frozen ovum, political heartbreak and how the scourge of history has found a way into her latest film.

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    Redressing history

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 24/11/2016

    » Two new plays have examined the notion of 'justice'. One digs into the political history of Chile and Thailand, the other takes us inside an American jury room

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    The pastoral romance returns

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/09/2018

    » The star-crossed lovers coo. They ride their buffaloes through a verdant field, splash mud, evade spiteful parents, and make a vow at the shrine of the banyan tree. But their romance, like all memorable romances in books and life, is doomed by the circumstances of fate, tragic and scarred, and their destiny is one of the most heartbreaking in the canon of Siamese literature and film.

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    An almost forgotten glory

    Life, Published on 28/06/2018

    » It was a fine sunny day when more than 70 culture vultures strolled the old Front Palace (Wang Na), the palace of viceroys in the early Rattanakosin period, near Sanam Luang, to learn about its history, importance and changes. Anyone wanting to know the old palace as more than just the National Museum Bangkok can follow the footsteps of the recent "Walk With The Cloud: The Hidden Palace", led by Khun Sirikitiya Jensen, an official of the Fine Arts Department and the youngest daughter of Princess Ubolratana.

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    The 'scene', in all its glory

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 28/12/2017

    » It was a busy year for Thai theatre. Life highlights a few trends and picks the best productions of 2017

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    Liberated by film

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 17/05/2018

    » Liberation Day, the 2016 film by Norwegian filmmaker Morten Traavik, has a name that rings in contrast with its Bangkok screening date.

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    The art of exile

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 28/06/2017

    » The snowy mountaintops of Sweden, France or the United States, painted on Paphonsak La-or's canvases, aren't dispatches from the artist's overseas travels.

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    A story for our times

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 07/09/2017

    » Under oppressive regimes, artists are often forced to turn true stories into metaphors or disguise them in the stories of others to escape censorship, or much worse fates. The atmosphere of fear and the sense of stagnation perpetuated by such rule can have such insidious effects that the practice of wrapping true stories in the safe veil of the cryptic sometimes crosses into self-censorship and becomes habit-forming.

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