Monday, April 27, 2015

Thai documentaries on order for Doc Weekend 2015

 Ten recent Thai documentaries will screen this Saturday and Sunday during Doc Weekend at TK Park at CentralWorld in Bangkok.

It’s a chance to see some films that played in local cinemas but maybe you missed, including Somboon, Mother and Wish Us Luck.

It’s also an opportunity to catch up, with such examples as Siam Park City, a 2011 effort by Chonlasit Upanigkit, the film student who earned plaudits last year for his debut feature, W., a drama that was his graduation project and premiered in the Busan International Film Festival, and also had a limited local cinema run.

Curated by local filmmaker Supakit Seksuwan, who put together last year's Thai Aurora the Horizon, and organised by Streamline Film and TK Park, the line-up starts at 11am on Saturday with a trio of shorts, The Burmese in Thailand by Suree Kantayalongote, award-winner Panu Saeng-xuto’s Consider, which examines what happened when a transgender student was humiliated in front of the school by the principal; and The Cockpit, Napasorn Limchaiyawat’s profile of female Muay Thai fighter Petch JiJa, making her comeback in the ring.

At noon, it’s Wish Us Luck, in which twin-sister filmmakers Wanweaw and Weawwan Hongwiwat chronicle epic their journey home to Thailand from school in England. They took the train most of way, travelling through Russia, China and Vietnam. Their film made the rounds of festivals and was also screened in Thai cinemas.

That’s followed at 2pm by Somboon, Krisda Tipchaimeta's emotional portrayal of a couple in their winter years, a husband devoted to the round-the-clock care of his chronically ailing wife of 45 years. The film opened last year's World Film Festival of Bangkok and later had a limited theatrical run.

And Saturday’s closing entry at 4pm is Utopia, a brand-new feature by Kirimag Boonrom, who goes underneath a bridge to look at the people forced to live there, and what will happen when they are forced out.

Sunday’s programme starts at 11am with Siam Park City, Chonlasit’s 2011 observance of the many activities in Bangkok parks, from dawn to dusk.

That’s followed at noon by Mother, Vorakorn Ruetaivanichkul’s brave look at his own family, and their unstable matriarch, who was left bedridden after a suicide attempt.

At 2pm, it’s The Missing Piece, Patana Chirawong’s project that enlisted youths with various disabilities to make films telling their own stories, and showing that they aren’t much different from anyone else.

And Doc Weekend wraps up at 4pm on Sunday with No Violence to Freshy, which looks at the long-standing tradition of freshmen hazing in Thai universities. It’s directed by Natpakhan Khemkhan.

Admission is Bt20, and it might not hurt to have an ID handy. TK Park is on the eighth floor of the CentralWorld shopping mall in Bangkok, above the Central Foodhall.

For details, check the Facebook events page, and you find out more at the fest's Exteen blog.

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