EP19 Thai Indie Filmmakers: What Awaits Them
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"First on air 10 July 2021"

In early 2021, at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, a Thai film director, Taiki Sakpisit, emerged as the winner of FIPRESCI Award for his film “The Edge of Daybreak”. It is a monochrome film about a family’s mental state, reflecting the troubled history of Thailand that spans from the oppression of the student uprisings in the 1970s to the 2006 military coup. Film Festival Rotterdam, whose mission is to champion independent filmmaking, is among the top tier film festivals in the world. However, most Thai people don’t know who Taiki Sakpisit is. Why is that? Discussing what Thai indie filmmakers have been dealing with and what awaits them are Anocha Suwichakornpong, a film director and producer and also co-founder & co-manager of Purin Pictures, a film fund based in Thailand aiming to support independent cinema in Southeast Asia, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Sopawan Boonnimitra, head of Department of Motion Pictures and Still Photography, Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, and also a filmmaker and visual artist.