Friday, March 7, 2008

Koh Phangan Film Festival: Nature and Spirituality

Despite that there is no cinema on Koh Phangan, the island that is infamous for its Full Moon Party will hold its first film festival on April 5 and 6 at Holiday Beach Resort.

Organizers of the Phangan Film Festival have put together a 10-film line-up on the theme of "Nature and Spirituality", featuring documentaries and short films about the environment and meta-physical subjects.

Asian premieres are Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula, about an all-male hula school in Hawaii; The Chosen Ones, about an Orthodox Jew who sets cantorial chants to hip-hop beats; Heart of a Soul Surfer, about a teenage girl surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack; and Suzuki Speaks, a profile of outspoken scientist and environmental activist David Suzuki.

Thailand premieres are the 5-minute Yoga Noga Reyoga, about two monks vying to become the "most enlightened"; Me, My Swami and I, an 8-minute short about a Londoner meeting an Indian guru in a supermarket; Hawaii: Message in the Waves, about people connected to the ocean battling threats to marine life; Through the Eastern Gate, about some Westerners embracing Eastern philosophies and religions; and The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil, about how isolated Cuba has dealt with the energy crisis.

Another highlight is Last Stop for Paul, which was a popular draw at last year's Phuket Film Festival. It's about a couple of filmmakers who record their world travels, which culminate at the Full Moon Party on Phangan.

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(Cross-published at The Nation Weblog)

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