Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sixth Bangkok Experimental Film Festival raids the archives

Held every two, three, four or five years or so, just whenever the busy and diverse group of organizers find the time, the sixth edition of the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival has long been in the works but just so happens to partly conflict with the World Film Festival of Bangkok because the latter was postponed from November due to the flooding.

With the theme "Raiding the Archives", BEFF6 offers a line-up of contemporary and historical experimental works and rare old footage of Siam and Southeast Asia, with programs from arts groups and archives from around the region and the world, including sixpackfilm, LUX, Hanoi DOCLAB, KLEX and Experimenta India.

It starts on Tuesday, January 24, with two days of workshops, talks and screenings at the Thai Film Archive in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom. The program includes "Conversations: What is an Archive (For)?", and an archival screening of Fai Yen, a.k.a. Cold Fire (ไฟเย็น), a 1965 anti-communist propaganda film that was selected for the first listing of Thai National Heritage Films.

More screenings are planned for January 28 and 29 and February 4 and 5 at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. The Goethe-Institut and the Jim Thompson Art Center also have screenings.

Check the BEFF website for the day-by-day schedule.

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