Harpur Cinema will be presenting the Thai film, Manta Ray at two showings on campus this week. Thai director Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s first feature-length film takes place in a coastal village of Thailand, and focuses on two men, a local fisherman and a stranger who cannot speak. It touches on the current situation of Rohingya refugees. The narrative develops with beautiful, pleasurably hypnotic and emotionally rewarding images, expressing ideas of displacement, identity, powerlessness, and responsibility. It won the Orizzonti Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival.
The Libraries have several films by Thai filmmakers. They can be obtained at the Newcomb Reading Room Reader Services desk.
Saeng Satawat (Syndromes and a Century), written and directed by Aphichātphong Wīrasētthakun, (DVD) PN1997.2 .S26 2007.
Dokfa nai meuman (Mysterious Object at Noon), directed by Apichatpong Weerasthakul, (DVD) PN1997 .M972 2003.
Sat pralat (Tropical Malady), directed by Apichatpong Weerasthakul, (DVD) PN1997.2 .T76 2005.