Disinfo, digital persecution, rights come in focus at indie Bangkok cinema

An image shown in the Thai short documentary ‘Pattani Calling.’
An image shown in the Thai short documentary ‘Pattani Calling.’

To get a sim card in the insurgency-hit Thailand’s Deep South, one must submit to a face scan. Meanwhile, up in Myanmar, citizens can no longer access the internet at home, and what they find online are fabricated stories.

Eight short films highlighting human and digital rights will come together Tuesday evening at Tech Tales: Films about Digital Rights in the Asia-Pacific. The event will show eight short films that discuss a wide range of digital rights issues – from online, gender-based violence in Indonesia to massive disinformation campaigns in Myanmar. 

A Thai documentary, Pattani Calling, talks about the experiences of Malay Muslims in insurgency-hit southern Thailand, and how they became biosecurity rebels against the state.

After screening all eight shorts – roughly 90 minutes in total – a panel discussion will take place in Thai. The panelists include Supinya Klangnarong of fact-checking platform Cofact Thailand, Sarinee Achavanuntakul, author and co-founder of the Thai Netizen Network, and Santiphap Phoemmongkhonsap, who serves as a deputy director of the much-maligned government Anti-Fake News Center Thailand.

Tech Tales starts at 5pm on Tuesday at Doc Club & Pub near BTS Sala Daeng. Admission is free. Tickets are available online.

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