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    A note on Thailand Biennale

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 02/01/2019

    » One recent morning at Nopphrat Thara beach, the high tide flooded the lower part of a strange, interwoven structure. Rising from the blue water of the bay, it looked like an island, a new, unmapped island of Krabi visible from this popular spot where tourists visit and board tour boats to outlying islands.

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    In the realm of Manta Ray

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/07/2019

    » There's a shot of a manta ray in Manta Ray, and one is invited to read into the symbolism of the gliding creature whose journey transcends man-made boundaries. Kraben Rahu (Manta Ray) is the most anticipated Thai film of the year, and after almost a full year of travelling the film festivals of the world, like the majestic fish itself across the ocean, it has come ashore in select Thai cinemas this week.

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    Baby you can't drive my car

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 05/04/2017

    » The Thai Ferrari, made from woven rattan by Chiang Rai locals, will park at the Venice Biennale this year.

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    A wind from the Northeast

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 24/03/2017

    » Last month the cinemas saw a sleeper hit -- and don't be surprised if your cultural radar didn't beep. The homemade Isan film Thi Baan The Series attracted huge crowds not to Bangkok cineplexes, or not at first, but to theatres in Si Sa Ket, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham and elsewhere across the Northeast. Scoring big with regional tastes, the small, Isan-speaking film, made by a group of friends for 3 million baht, has now made over 20 million in box office -- 70% of it on its home turf, the rest in the capital.


    Noah, Suthep and the perils of blind faith

    News, Kong Rithdee, Published on 11/04/2014

    » Dirty Songkran water splashed by impertinent teenagers is nothing compared to the Mother of All Liquid: the Biblical (and Koranic) flood unleashed by God to punish corrupt, sinful men. It’s up to Noah — who, like Suthep Thaugsuban, is the Chosen One on the greatest mission in his life — to save mankind, or only the righteous among mankind, from the aquatic calamity by building the Ark that would carry the good seeds of humanity into the cleaner, less evil world. Noah wasn’t democratically elected for such a daunting task, so why should our man in Lumpini, and for a task much less apocalyptic?

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