Tuesday, September 2, 2008

State of Emergency: Thai Short Film & Video Festival still on

A clash between anti-government protesters and a counter-protest group left one man dead overnight in Bangkok, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency that puts the prime minister and the military in charge of the security situation in Bangkok.

As with the protests by the anti-government People's Alliance for Democracy, and despite the closure of airports and planned civil disobediance by labor unions, the emergency decree is so far having little effect on the lives of ordinary Bangkokians, who are free to move about the city and continue with their daily lives.

But because the emergency orders prohibit the assembly of more than five people, there was some concern that the ongoing Thai Short Film & Video Festival would be cancelled.

This is not the case.

"We will keep going until they shut us down," says festival director Chalida Uabumrungjit. Tonight's screening is the opener of the festival's Doc Forum, the world premiere of The Convert. The showtime is at 6.30pm, preceded by a talk, which starts at 5.

(Photo via Kom Chad Luek/Korbphuk Phromrekha; cross-published at Bangkok Cinema Scene)

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