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    The message of the medium

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/08/2019

    » When the chipmunks Chip and Dale sailed into the bustling floating market in the recent viral Disney short Our Floating Dreams, both the world and local people were fascinated by the images of Thai culture. Busy canals and pineapple fried rice brought about onscreen exoticism watched by millions around the world.

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    Colourful journey into Thailand's soul

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 20/01/2017

    » The train clangs ahead, moving people and dreams, as it has done since 1893. In Railway Sleepers, a minutely observed film shot entirely on-board a Thai train, we see kids on school trips, young men travelling north and south, hawkers selling food and horoscope books, families and lovers, vacationers who turn the sleeping car into a party venue. They're passengers, and they're also humans. They are, as director Sompot Chidgasornpongse says, a collection of faces that make up a portrait of Thailand.

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    Jewels of St Petersburg

    Life, Published on 12/03/2019

    » The Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana has recently focused on a number of Russian works. For its next concert in the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre on 29 March, it returns to that country with a concert featuring three popular classics from the Russian canon. The concert is dedicated to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.

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    Creating a buzz

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 19/02/2019

    » Some years ago, I reviewed Colin McPhee's marvellous book, A House In Bali, about life and gamelan music (traditional Balinese music -- mainly percussive and driven by metallophones or gongs) in Bali during the 1930s. Published in 1947, the book details how a young man, after hearing some rare gamelan music on old records, journeys to Bali in 1929 to seek the music that will change his life. It is an enchanting book, well worth reading.

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    The way we were

    Life, Published on 23/11/2018

    » The history of Bangkok is fascinating. But the textbooks in history class or the stories told by our grandparents can only tell us so much. We need to take a closer look if we want an understanding of what life here was really like more than a century ago.

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    Thailand in film

    Guru, Pasavat Tanskul, Published on 27/07/2018

    » It has been a few weeks since the rescue of the Wild Boar soccer team from Tham Luang cave. With the successful and miraculous feel-good news of the rescue, it was inevitable that plans to dramatise the entire ordeal will be made into a movie. Reportedly, six film production companies are in talks with the Thai government and have expressed interest in obtaining rights to make a dramatic movie version of the events.

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    Tokyo stories

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 25/10/2018

    » The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival opens today with a fine selection of films from East and West. Held at Roppongi Hills, TIFF, one of Asia's largest film fests, is serving up cinematic treats from Japan and around the world. Opening the festival is A Star Is Born, the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga musical romantic drama. Closing the festival on Nov 3 will be Japanese animation Godzilla: The Planet Eater, the final chapter of the animated monster trilogy.

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    Verbal duels and bawdy lyrics

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 18/04/2018

    » World Beat was at the Korat Festival recently to check out the activities based around paying homage to the Thao Suranari Monument, or Ya Mo, as it is known locally. Korat, or Nakhon Ratchasima, is often thought of as the gateway to Isan, the northeastern region of the country.

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    Thailand's Thasnai facing a jury

    Life, Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong, Published on 27/06/2018

    » Thai artist Thasnai Sethaseree, whose monumental-scale paper collage work questions Thai historiography and structures of power, is among the finalists nominated for the 2018 Signature Art Prize in Singapore.

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    Luang Prabang film fest moves forward

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/12/2017

    » There was the crowd, the spontaneous chaos, and the outdoor screening that has become a hallmark of the Luang Prabang Film Festival. Its eighth edition ending last night, the film festival in a town without cinemas has grown into an annual highlight every December, with its eyes firmly fixed on Southeast Asian titles and an attempt to expand its role and relevance to regional audience and filmmakers.

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