ABOVE: A still from the opening scene of the junta-produced “Thai Values” film released Saturday.
Wholesome Thai school children love sharpening their minds with books. They develop their bodies with athletic feats. And nothing nurtures their creative side more than painting epic portraits of the ultimate father figure, Adolf Hitler.
An opening scene from the just-released “Thai Values” film created at the instruction of junta chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to promote his conservative social values rapidly veers from “wow” to “WTF” with a scene depicting smiling children putting the final touches on a rather stunning portrait of Der Führer.
The original video posted to YouTube was removed today, as first noticed by Khaosod English, but a copy remains available online.
Was this the work of a saboteur dissident looking to subvert the propaganda? Unfortunately the possibility that it was a completely oblivious, very bizarre inclusion is impossible to rule out given the kingdom’s history with Hitlermania.
Thailand amazed the world in 2011 with this Nazi-themed school parade in Chiang Mai province.
The film, called “Thai Niyom,” was screened for free at theaters throughout the kingdom on Saturday.
It was born of the “12 Values” championed by Prayuth, who seized power in a May coup and has since sought to lead the countrry as an authoritarian father figure. He’s ordered schools to display his values publically and start the day by having students sing them in verse.