All The Things You Leave Behind
Chanasorn CHAIKITIPORN Thailand 18 mins PG13 (Some Mature Content) Singapore Premiere
Undercurrent – Double Bill
This film will be screened together with The Unburied Sounds of a Troubled Horizon
A layered take on how society and politics in present-day Thailand are haunted by Cold War politics and American military activity in mainland Southeast Asia.
Thailand was a key US ally during the Vietnam War. This film examines the relationship between Thai politics and American military activity during the Indochina wars in the 1960s and ’70s. Using archival footage, extracts of declassified US government reports and audio excerpts of a Thai anticommunist propaganda film, the film underscores the impact of American geostrategic priorities on Thailand.
Thai military dictatorships employed anticommunist rhetoric against leftist protests, notably in the 1976 massacre at Thammasat University. Conjuring the spirit of a victim of the massacre, the film reflects upon the deadly outcome of contested motives while laying bare the violent legacies of complex global histories.
Chanasorn CHAIKITIPORN is a filmmaker and moving image artist who explores the sociopolitical and cultural histories of Thailand through experiments across genres. His works have won awards at the Thai Short Film and Video Festival, and he is a 2019 participant of Platform Busan.
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The total programme rating for DOUBLE BILL- All The Things You Leave Behind + The Unburied Sounds of a Troubled Horizon, is TBA.