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Film festival in Bangkok cautioned against showing torture scenes from the deep south

According to the military organization, the occasion ought to make everyone in the neighborhood happy and smiling. Political activist Panupong “Mike” Jadnok stated on Facebook on July 16, two days after the incident, that things didn’t go as planned. The open-air film festival in Bangkok, which began on July 7 at the Laan Kon Mueng location in front of the Bangkok City Hall, is accessible to the public through the end of this month. According to Ponpen Kongkajonkiat, a spokeswoman for the organization, the films, which were produced by the Cross Culture Foundation as a part of a project called Siang Jak Dan Tai, or “Voices from the South,” were completed last month. The three short movies that were a part of the project were Se Ree Parp, Kam Sara Parp, and Jud Rerm Ton (The Beginning) (Freedom).

The Khlong Toei Youth Centre in the Khlong Toei District hosted an outdoor film festival on July 14, during which the Indian film RRR, which is about police misconduct and violations of human rights, was screened. The screening committee selected two brief documentaries to be the opening program to address the issue of state agents abusing and torturing citizens in the deep south provinces. At the open-air cinema festival in Bangkok, the Internal Security Operation Command ordered that no films or documentaries that deal with torture in Thailand’s deep south be shown. On July 18, Mike gave a press conference to explain the situation. He claimed that the screening team had been informed by the Thai government that their presence was required. Our leader dislikes watching movies that depict torture. Our country’s security is under danger. On July 14, the Khlong Toei Youth Center was interrupted by six officials from the Internal Security Operation Command, claims Mike. He said that the crew had received orders from the authorities to stop airing the documentary about torture in Thailand’s far south. Winthachai Suwaree, a spokesman for the Internal Security Operation Command, explained the situation. He said that there had been a communication problem and that certain information was incorrect. According to interviews with locals, the Thai authorities tortured them to get information from them. Ponpen argued that abuse and violence are still frequent occurrences today.

Both an artistic endeavor and a communication tool, film. It is based on true events that are challenging, if not impossible, to keep secret. Mike claims that despite the presence of the authorities in the youth center, the team kept showing the documentaries until the event was over. The officials didn’t stop the video from continuing, he continued, and nothing turned violent. Ponpen claims that Jud Rerm Ton and Kam Sara Parp, two of the chosen movies, depict events that actually happen to people in the deep south. The spokeswoman emphasized that none of the police officers were endangering any of the screening crew workers, and that everyone ultimately agreed that the open-air film festival was beneficial for Bangkok and worthy of being publicized. It is crucial to provide a venue for creative expression and a short film that accurately captures Thai culture. Being already autocratic, increase it.

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