Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Citizen Juling in Berlinale's Forum

The sprawling documentary Citizen Juling will make its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, screening in the 48-film Forum section, which was unveiled yesterday.

Directed by Kraisak Choonhavan, Manit Sriwanichpoom and Ing K, Citizen Juling (Polamuang Juling) covers Southern Thailand's violence and the Kingdom's fractious politics. Here's a bit more from the festival press release:

The ignominious role of the state as aggravator of conflicts forms the backdrop of the Thai documentary Citizen Juling ... After a fanatical mob brutally attacked two school teachers in the spring of 2006, filmmaker Ing K and politician and human rights activist Kraisak Choonhavan set out on a journey across Thailand, a country divided by violence and prejudice. Citizen Juling is the attempt to use film as a tool of reconciliation ...

Citizen Juling premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, and played at the Bangkok International Film Festival.

The filmmakers are hoping for further screenings in Thailand sometime this year.

The full lineup at Berlinale will be announced on January 27. The festival runs from February 5 to 15.

(Via Hollywood Reporter)

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