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  • LIFE

    The outspoken monk

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 24/05/2017

    » At the start The Venerable W., we see the firebrand Myanmar monk Ashin Wirathu speaking to the camera, calmly and casually. He talks about the African catfish, a creature that "grows fast, breeds a lot and is violent". The punchline is not totally unpredictable: "Muslims are like that."

  • LIFE

    Image is everything

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 15/05/2018

    » Cinema, Jean-Luc Godard said via FaceTime, is X+3 = 1. The X, of course, is -2.

  • LIFE

    Windows on the world

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 28/09/2017

    » As Hussain Currimbhoy sees it, this is a golden age for documentary filmmaking, a time when the criss-crossing narratives of the world tangle with audiences' growing suspicion over traditional media. The emergence of streaming services has also revolutionised distribution philosophy and connected doc-makers with audiences in ways unseen before, especially with audiences who once had little interest in documentary titles.

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    Court cites national security to extend 'Shakespeare' ban

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/08/2017

    » The Administrative Court yesterday rejected the complaint filed by the filmmakers of Shakespeare Must Die in which they asked for the ban on the film to be lifted, thereby extending a ban that has already lasted five years.

  • LIFE

    Bibliomaniacal pursuits

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 02/09/2016

    » Writer, editor and publisher Kittiphol Saragganonda sums up the glorious role of a book nerd. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of literature, Kittiphol breathes books and lives in the shuffle of their pages, and that's an enviable existence, especially since he runs the store Books and Belongings. Recently he was instrumental in crowdsourcing the complete Thai translation of Moby-Dick, while his 1001 Editions puts out translations of philosophical literature and novels.

  • LIFE

    The late, late show

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/06/2016

    » Normally prime time for television is 8-11pm or thereabouts, the period when the family gathers to watch news and series while having dinner. So it will come as a surprise to many that for Muslim audiences during this month of Ramadan, prime time for television is closer to a graveyard shift -- 3-4.30am, deep in the night while most people are asleep -- as families wake up for the pre-dawn meal before a full day of fasting.

  • LIFE

    That's entertainment!

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 24/12/2014

    » The year in Thai movies, music and theatre

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