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    Giving women a voice

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 03/03/2017

    » A robust line-up of films is coming to us in HeForShe Arts Week Bangkok Film Festival. Organised by UN Women, next week's festival has selected films with messages on gender equality -- or inequality -- and unfair treatment of women in different cultures (not just in the "Third World" countries, to be sure). It sounds heavy, but the good thing is that the titles picked for the event this year are entertaining and heartfelt on top of being socially relevant.

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    Laos turns up a winner

    Muse, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 29/04/2017

    » Stepping off of the red carpet, the gorgeous Lao star Vilouna Phetmany -- known by her stage name Tot Lina -- began to greet us in perfect Thai. On Wednesday, she attended the gala opening of the Bangkok Asean Film Festival, shining among the regional superstars. Tomorrow the festival will screen the film she stars in, a new-wave Lao horror called Nong Hak, before it goes into general release on May 18.

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    A new vision on Siam's enduring symbol

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 26/04/2017

    » The elephant and the man, walking down the road to redemption and encountering the wounded and the marginalised, the madmen and the prostitutes. In the film Pop Aye, which will kick off Bangkok Asean Film Festival 2017 this evening (see sidebar), the fine-tusked beast accompanies the lost soul as the duo find their way home from Bangkok to the Northeast.

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    A glimpse into Singapore

    Life, Published on 22/06/2017

    » From today until Sunday, the many faces of Singapore are on display at the Singapore Film Festival 2017 at SF CentralWorld. In the programme are five films -- screened free of charge -- that capture the complexity of Singaporean society, including two titles that look at the lesser-known sides of the island nation invariably associated with order and wealth.

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    The fourth dimension

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 01/07/2016

    » As online streaming becomes more and more common, cinemas try to come up with enticing methods for viewing a film, something that can't possibly be replicated on a couch at home. SF Cinema recently unveiled its new MX-4D cinemas, the latest in immersive, 4D movie-viewing. Members of the press were invited to one of them last week to watch Independence Day: Resurgence.

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    LGBT stories get rare screen time

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 16/08/2016

    » How often is it that international LGBT films get a screening in Thailand? Not often at all, except when there's a film festival. This week, wonderfully strange as it may be, we're seeing not just one but two LGBT films on our silver screens. And the two couldn't be more different.

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