Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Salaya Doc 2013 schedules online, 14 October added

A frame from 14 October, which has been added to the Salaya Doc 2013 lineup.

Finally, the schedules for the third Salaya International Documentary Film Festival have been released on the festival's Facebook page.

Newly added to the program is the historic 14 October (อนุทินวีรชน 14 ตุลา) by Shin Klaipan. It is newsreel footage from the tumultuous days of October 6 to 14, 1973, capturing the demonstrations by pro-democracy students against the dictatorship. It was inducted into the Films as National Heritage registry in 2011.

Salaya Doc 2013 will take place in two venues, from April 1 to 7 in the Sri Salaya Theater at the Thai Film Archive in Nakon Pathom, and from April 2 to 7 at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center.

The festival opens at 5pm on April 1 in Salaya with Boundary  (ฟ้าต่ำแผ่นดินสูง, Fahtum pandinsoong), Nontawat Numbenchapol's look at the politically charged border area around Cambodia's Preah Vihear temple. It premiered at last month's Berlin International Film Festival.

The rest of the week in Salaya is devoted to special programs, with the Southeast Asian Documentary competition screenings over the weekend of April 6 and 7.

The schedule is essentially flipped around at BACC from April 2 to 7, with competition screenings on the weekdays and many of the special programs, including Boundary, screening over the closing weekend.

Among the highlights are two films by Indian documentarian Sourav Sarangi: 2008's Bilal about a boy living with his blind parents and his latest, Char ... the No-Man's Island, about inhabitants of islands along the winding river border between India and Bangladesh. Char was featured at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. Both films screen at BACC on Friday, April 5. Sourav will also be teaching a workshop to registered participants in Salaya.

Other notable films include the Q Docs and Nargis: When Time Stopped Breathing from Myanmar. There's also The Cat that Lived a Million Times, about Yuko Sano and her cancer diagnosis. The 70-year-old author is best known for her 1977 children's book, The Cat That Lived a Million Times.

And the closing ceremonies and awards presentation will take place not in Salaya but at the BACC at 5pm on Sunday, April 7.

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