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February 03rd, 2011 to February 13th, 2011

Isan Film Festival (excerpt version) in Bangkok -

Isan Film Festival (excerpt version) in Bangkok  -0

Isan Film Festival (excerpt version) in Bangkok

The Isan Film Festival, organized by JTAC in collaboration with JT Farm Tour 2010

program, is centered on films about Isan people, their history, culture, and exiled

life. It features various programs of selected films which will be shown during the

period of Jim Thompson Farm Tour and Farm Weekend (till 13 Feb).  The project

focuses on being a study of Isan history and culture. It is also intended to build a

collection of films about this region and create a space where interested people can

network, learn, and gain an in-depth understanding of Isan culture. The collection

of films for this event is being built and selected from works created from Isan

points of view towards everyday life. The films have been created by diverse

filmmakers who range from amateur to professional.


We are happy to present an excerpt version of the Isan Film Festival for Bangkok

audiences. We will screen Tong Pan and Haunted House at Jim Thompson House Museum

ground, from 6.30 pm onwards. Please come and enjoy the night with two

groundbreaking Isan films from the 1970s and early 2000s.


Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Haunted Houses Project, DVD, 60 mins, 2001 (made for

Istanbul Biennale 2001)  


The film’s narrative was directly scripted from two episodes of a popular Thai

television, Tong Prakaisad. The series mainly deals with love and the problems of

the wealthy.


The filmmaker then traveled to the villages near his home and asked villagers to

participate by acting, according to the script. All 66 villagers from six villages

participated resuming roles. The story was continuous, but the actors who played the

characters were constantly changed as the filming location moved from one village to



Haunted Houses project deals with various forms of media addiction (soaps,

lifestyles, transformation of / between cultures, etc). Thailand video is the first

work of the series. Little is explored in Thailand how tremendous impact the dramas

have in shaping the rural landscapes and the minds. A house is like a “medium”,

hosting a television set that transmits these hypnotizing images.


After 8 PM, several millions of the houses in the country are “haunted”. Most of the

works involve television viewers or radio listeners to participate in their own

media production. The works focus on the narrative reproduction, exploitation, and

impersonation. The project will be realized in various techniques in various

countries. (


Paichong Laisakul (director) / Kamsing Srinok (writer), Tong Pan, 16 mm, 60 mins,

1977 (Produced by Isan Film Group)


Tong Pan is a 1977 Thai 16 mm black-and-white docudrama that re-creates a seminar

that took place in Northeast Thailand in 1975 to discuss the proposed Pa-Mong Dam on

the Mekong. Interwoven are sequences depicting a poor farmer, Tong Pan, who had lost

his land to another dam some years before, and his struggles to make ends meet. 


For more information please contact:             Ms. Somsuda Piamsumrit

                                                                                          Education Program Co-ordinator

                                                                                          The Jim Thompson Art Center

                                                                                          6 Soi Kasemsan 2 Rama1Rd.

                                                                                          Wangmai Patumwan BKK.

                                                                                          Tel: (66) 2- 612 6741

                                                                                          Fax: (66) 2- 219 2911