10 Southeast Asian flicks to screen at free film festival kicking off next week

Screenshot from “Soil Without Land.” Image courtesy Nontawat Numbenchapol/Komtouch Napattaloong (Mobile Lab Project)
Screenshot from “Soil Without Land.” Image courtesy Nontawat Numbenchapol/Komtouch Napattaloong (Mobile Lab Project)

Ten movies from Southeast Asian nations – six features and four shorts – will be showing later this month at a downtown cinema at the SAC ASEAN Film Festival.

The festival will open on June 21 with Soil Without Land, a documentary by award-winning Thai filmmaker Nontawat Numbenchapol that follows a teen boy in Myanmar who joins the Shan State Army to become one of the soldiers trying to liberate the Shan people from the Burmese Army.

For non-Thai films, cinephiles can take a journey into neighboring countries through other movies like The Remnants, a documentary that tells the political story of Laos, a country that never formally entered a war, but is still heavily affected by the explosive remnants of the Vietnam War – even today, four decades later.

Fans of psychological dramas might want to check out the film Demons, in which sinister spirits, deep psychological trauma and art collide. The film, by Singaporean filmmaker Daniel Hui, involves around an aspiring actress who lands her first role, only to find out that sadistic violence is behind the artistic creation she’s meant to perform.

The event’s shorts program will take place in the afternoon of June 23, during which four short films from Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Cambodia will be screened.

Admission to every screening is free – however, advanced online registration is required.

The AC ASEAN Film Festival will run from June 21 until 23 at SF World Cinema on the 7th floor of CentralWorld shopping mall. The event is organized by the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre, an academic institution under the Ministry of Culture. It has taken place since 2012 to promote cultural exchange between countries in Southeast Asia.

SAC ASEAN Film Festival

Runs June 21 – June 23
Cinema 8 at SF World Cinema, CentralWorld
BTS: Chit Lom

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