Friday, November 4, 2005

Yamagata festival recap

The Bangkok Post's Kong Rithdee has a report today from the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, which was held October 7-13.

Two Thai films were in the festival.

Manatsak Dokmai showed Don't Forget Me, "an idiosyncratic remembrance of the student massacre of October 6, 1976 that aroused a fair amount of attention from international viewers curious about that murky episode of Thai politics."

Pimpaka Towira, who served as a juror in the New Asian Currents program, premiered the rough cut of her new work, Unseen Thailand, about an activist sued by a mega-corporation.

"Both movies are a sign that political filmmaking is still alive in this country, albeit barely as it is," says Kong. "And both Thai docs added to Yamagata's strong selection. Small as it is, [the Yamagata festival] proves that size doesn't matter as long as [it] keeps developing the quality of its program and stays committed to the well-being of cinema art. This is something most festivals, including Bangkok's, should take to their hearts."

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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