Saturday, May 14, 2011

Legal-defense fund started for Insects in the Backyard

Director Tanwarin Sukkhapisit is doggedly pursuing a legal remedy against the Culture Ministry's ban on her gay-transvestite family drama Insects in the Backyard.

Having had a request to allow the movie to be screened for educational purposes rejected by Thailand's Administrative Court, the next step up the legal ladder is the Constitution Court.

Ultimately, Tanwarin and activists hope to see changes in the Film and Video Action of 2007, under which the Culture Ministry is empowered to regulate films. The ministry bans the movies if they are deemedto be harmful to Thai morals or national security.

To support the efforts of Tanwarin, activists, Bioscope magazine and the lawyers from the iLaw legal-reform NGO, a legal-defense fund has been started by the Facebook group “Radom Tun Su Kadee Insects in the Backyard”, a.k.a. "Fight for Insects".

The fund details are as follows: Bangkok Bank savings account 035-0-0466-0, Krungthep-Tesco Lotus Ladphrao branch. Anything left over after court expenses will go to the Thai Film Archive.

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