Reading Film and Discussion: “Tropical Perspectives - Outside In / Inside Out”
Date: Friday, 9th July, 2010
Moderator: Gridthiya Gaweewong
Guest artist : Nok Paksanavin
Venue: William Warren Library
Activity Fee: Free
The Jim Thompson Art Center will show selected short films which center around the
encounter between eastern and western culture. Historical and anthropological films
by filmmakers from 1930s to the present such as “I am from Siam”, Phi Ta Kon and
more. This is a screening session and will include a discussion about re-reading and
re-examing the subtext of history and ethnography. Tropical culture viewed by
different perspectives of outsiders and insiders as represented in films will also
Screening program (running time 40 mins)
1. I Am From Siam, Anonymous from National Film Archive, Thailand),14’,
The film is a compilation of various life styles and important events in Siam at the
time. A large part of the footage has been made by the Tropical Film Service of the
Royal State Railway.
2. The Phi Ta Khon Project, Alex Kher, 12’, DVD, Australia/Thailand, 2009
This filmwas made in Dansai, Loei, a small town of Northern Thailand, during their
annual “Phi Ta Khon” festival which means translated “ ghosts follow people”. Phi Ta
Khon combines animist, Brahmin and Buddhist traditions, which articulate the bonds
between the dead and the living, between sexual and agriculture fertility, between
the community and their spirit-infested natural world.
3. Old hearts, Anocha Suwichakornpong, video, 9’, 2009
A vide diary of a woman.
4. Burmese Man Dancing, Nok Paksanavin, video, 6’, 2009
An experimental documentary about Burmese labourers in Thailand. While many
filmmakers aim for clarity, in this film the subtitles – drawn from Thai people’s
shot, written responses to a questionnaire - appear in an encoded, unreadable
language. Viewers must interpret and make up their own story.
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Ms. Somsuda Piamsumrit
Education Program Co-ordinator
The Jim Thompson Art Center
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