Director: Anocha Suwichakornpong/Ben Rivers, Thailand 2019, 94 Min.
Krabi 2562 looks at the landscape and the history of the touristic destination Krabi in the South of Thailand. The filmmakers manage to capture the city in the moment of change, as the prehistoric and the new pasts - embodied by many protagonists - contest with the present.
ROOM WITH A COCONUT VIEW
Director: Tulapop Saenjaroen, Thailand 2018, 28 Min.
In Room with a coconut view Kanya guides her guest Alex through the beautiful scenery at the beach but Alex is unhappy with these sterile, touristic images and decides to explore by himself. The histories of Thai cinema and local corruption start to merge and one begins to question how much of our understanding of the world is shaped through film. Both films offer a satirical look into the touristic South of Thailand, which is known worldwide both as an “exotic paradise” and for its mass tourism, while putting the perspectives of the locals and of tourists up against each other.
After the screening there will be a discussion on Thai tourism + Opening Party with Thai food
Sarnt Utamachote was born in Bangkok in 1992 and has lived in Berlin since 2015. As a filmmaker, he attempts to deconstruct the stereotypes of social issues and search for the humans behind the surface. He works as a screenwriter, director and editor of many short films and music videos, as well as working in the field of audiovisual media. On top of this, he also curates exhibitions and many events.
Rosalia Namsai Engchuan is a social anthropologist, filmmaker and curator working with audio visual media creators in Southeast Asia. Currently she is being promoted at Max Planck Institut for Social Anthropology with a dissertation on cinematic practices as collective worldmaking. In her video works, she sees film as a method to uncover and overcome invisible structures. Her works have been exhibited in many international film festivals.