Apichatpong Bids To Unshackle Thai Cinema

BY Brian Mertens

Following last year’s bloodless coup, Thailand’s interim government announced that it would unshackle the media from controls imposed by ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as part of its stated mission to “restore democracy.” But new instances of censorship have generated controversy this year.

In April, Thailand’s antiquated film censorship laws met concerted opposition after government officials demanded cuts to director Apichatpong Weerasathakul’s latest feature, Syndromes and a Century, or Saeng Satawat (see AAP 52). Calling it a matter of “basic human rights and the dignity of human beings under…

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