16 April 2007

Free Thai Cinema Movement

Free Thai Cinema Movement

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, one of the leading New Thai Cinema directors, has withdrawn his film Syndromes and a Century from distribution in Thailand. Thai censors had asked him to cut innocuous scenes such as a monk playing guitar and doctors drinking liquor.

Apichatpong refused to censor the film and he has now started a Free Thai Cinema Movement, calling for drastic changes in the Thai censorship system. The campaign will be officially launched at a press conference at the House Rama cinema in Bangkok on 23rd April, which will be attended by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Nonzee Nimibutr, and other prominent directors.

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