Monday, January 10, 2011

Agrarian Utopia, Baby Arabia in 1st Salaya International Documentary Film Festival

The Film Archive (Public Organization) in cooperation with the Thai Film Foundation organizes the first Salaya International Documentary Film Festival offering more than 20 Asian documentaries from January 13 to 23 at the Thai Film Archive in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom.

Part of the festival will feature documentaries that were supported by the Asian Network of Documentary of the Pusan International Film Festival.

For the opening, the festival will pay homage to Ogawa Shinsuke, one of the most influential independent documentary filmmakers in post-war Japan, with the screening his most acclaimed work, 1968's Summer in Narita, which records the protest by farmers against the building of Tokyo's Narita International Airport. The fest will also screen Ogawa's 210-minute epic from 1982, A Japanese Village.

Other festival highlights include screenings of Uruphong Raksasad's highly acclaimed film on rural Thailand, Agrarian Utopia and Baby Arabia, the musical by Muslim filmmakers Panu Aree, Kong Rithdee and Kaweenipon Ketprasit, about a band that's well-known in Bangkok's Islamic community. Baby Arabia will give a concert after the 5pm screening on January 14.

The full festival schedule is at Bangkok Cinema Scene.

For more details, check the websites or or check the Facebook events page.

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