Homogeneous Empty Time
A yearning for justice drives this sprawling critical study that delves into the ideological foundations of a wave of nationalism.
Singapore PremiereThailand / 2017 / 103MIN / Thai
The authoritarian power held by the military and a mass adulation of the monarchy in Thailand has led to a spark in populist nationalism. With a dearth of dissensual voices within this climate of fear, Homogeneous Empty Time is a bold and timely work that measures just how deep these mechanisms of control run within collective conscience.
Drawing from Benedict Anderson’s application of Walter Benjamin’s concept where the film finds its title, the documentary considers the synchronicity of popular beliefs and experiences articulated within institutions and social circles. It accumulates into a picture of mass manipulation held by a complex web of ideological maneuvers. But within, it bears witness to the simplest modes of resistance – within the spontaneous irrelevance of youth and the transfigurative power of a protest ballad sung in exile.
Cast & Credits
Thunska Pansittivorakul utilises the cinema to challenge human rights violations and propaganda in Thailand. His films include his debut feature Happy Berry (2004), Heartbreak Pavilion (2005), The Terrorists (2011) and Supernatural (2014).
Harit Srikhao is a prolific photographer with internationally exhibited works. With Space Time (2015), he began a collaboration with Thunska as a co-director and director of photography.
• In-competition, Queer Lisboa International Queer Film Festival 2017