Monday, April 28, 2008

The Truth Be Told

Supinya Klangnarong dared to challenge the commercial might of Shin Corporation, Pimpaka Towira dared to document the consequences of that act...

Catch Pimpaka Towira's acclaimed documentary tonight, the last of Kelab Seni Filem's Rotterdam Connection films programmed for this month.

Mon 28 April, 8pm
The Truth Be Told: the Cases Against Supinya Klangnarong
Pimpaka Towira; Thailand, 2007, 105 min

In October 2005, Thailand telecommunications giant Shin Corporation, owned by the family of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, brought an $11-million defamation lawsuit against Supinya Klangnarong, a prominent Thai journalist, university lecturer and media rights activist. She had accused the corporation of colluding with the government. During the tumultuous months of her trial, director Pimpaka Towira, a leading figure of Thailand's independent film scene, accompanied the level-headed Klangnarong, capturing a portrait of idealism and integrity. The result is a beguiling mix of cinema vérité, personal profile, political exposé and national diary. Proving that freedom of speech and public activism can effect change, The Truth Be Told seamlessly combines a fluid experimental style with an engaging narrative structure that comments on the legal, political and constitutional turmoil in contemporary Thai society.

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008 Exploding Cinema: New Dragon Inns selection.

Pimpaka Towira studied film at Thammasat University. After graduating, she worked in film production, but finding it disappointing, she turned to journalism and film criticism, which occupied her for several years. Pimpaka is the first female Thai director to attract the attention of international viewers and critics. Her debut film One Night Husband was a critical success. At the 2008 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Pimpaka was also a member of the team that conceived and carried out the interactive and political-themed installation Black Air initiated by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

HELP University College Theatrette, Pusat Bandar Damansara, KL
Admission by membership, available at the door: RM60 1 year (students RM30); RM40 6 mths; RM30 4 mths
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hereticalpolemicist said...

The "weeds" of the grass roots must continue to be the persistent reminder of nature's truths to those who'd seek to perpetuate an image of sterile homogeniety as the template for life. In that sterility are the corruptions of the natural truths that define and contrast with the sterility of that homogeneic image.

The seeds of CHANGE. Where ever the pseudo and artificial have manifested itself, usurping the natural affections, synthesis, and symbiosis of nature the fruit of the seeds rise up to undo and decorrupt the pretenders to those "state of affairs".

An unrelenting attack on the presumptions that now afflict the weakest and most vulnerable, as well as undermine the future of us all. Just as if we're sprouting through the cracks of a sidewalk, we must push and extend the boundaries of what is possible in our expressions.

For there is no apology needed in the promotion and exaltation of justice and equity. We need not apologize to a corruption. We need not apologize to the latest rationalizations for unfortunate consequences. We need not apologize to proprietary interests.

What is true and healthy for mind, body, and soul needs not "Be still!" for the sake of decorum, temporal or secular expediency. The Truth be told or its perversion afflict us all.

Gratuities accepted at account

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