ปฐมพล เทศประทีป Pathompon Mont Tesprateep, Thailand 2019, 8 min.
ยุทธนา มุกดาสนิท Euthana Mukdasanit / สุรชัย จันทิมาธร Surachai Jantimatorn / ไพจง ไหลสกุล Paijong Laisakul / รัศมี เผ่าเหลืองทอง Rassamee Paoluengthong, Thailand 1977, 63 min.
Thong Pan is an activist-produced film from the times of the student uprisings and massacres in the early 70s – a time in Thai history that still lingers as a trauma that finds no resolution. As much as it is a chronicle of the student movement, the film is also an important archival source of local reactions to terraforming mega-dam projects that violently scarred local ecosystems, especially in the Northeastern region. Thong Pan will be introduced by the cinematic experience that is Lullaby: A meditation on oral folk songs, traditionally inspired storytelling poetry on colonial borders, the Cold War, and national accountability for regional bloodshed. Both films were inspired by Third Cinema, or (socialist) cinema of the people, a driving cultural force in the 1970s.
Kong Rithdee (ก้อง ฤทธิ์ดี) is a screenwriter, columnist and Thailand’s leading film critic. He is currently the deputy director of the Thai Film Archive, which was established in 1984 as a national body. It became a public organization in 2009, working to create knowledge on film conservation, and to support film related research.