Manta Ray (dir. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, 2018)

There is a stealthiness and a dreaminess in Manta Ray (2018), the first feature film by cinematographer Phuttiphong Aroonpheng who was born in 1976. The film is one of the first fiction films to evoke the crisis of the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority in western Burma (Myanmar), from the perspective of Thailand, the land… Continue reading Manta Ray (dir. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, 2018)

Memoria (dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021)

Jessica (Tilda Swinton) and the archaeologist (Jeanne Balibar) In Cemetery of Splendor, characters dispense zen-like nuggets of wisdom in a lethargic state. Paced like a Buddhist meditation, the plot marches to a slow and subtle but abundant poetic song under the branches of psychotropic jungles, crossed by bizarre animals, tropical diseases, erotic projections, and otherworldly… Continue reading Memoria (dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021)

Mae Nak (dir. Pimpaka Towira, 1992)

Still from Mae Nak by Pimpaka Towira, dir., Mae Nak, VHS, 1997 Images of devotion form the nexus of Thai religions and social life. As shown by Justin McDaniel’s ethnography on the shrines of Mae Nak, a well-known Thai female ghost based on a mother who dies in childbirth during the reign of King Rama… Continue reading Mae Nak (dir. Pimpaka Towira, 1992)