Re-Thinking Politics in Film: Thai Independent Cinema After the Coups D’état 2014


During the period of political instability that led to the coups d’état of 2006 and 2014, the independent cinema flourished both domestically and internationally. The political conflicts in the past decade have become an important backdrop for independent filmmakers to explore various issues. With a certain degree of freedom, their films have created a discourse on independent films that offers an alternative mode of filmmaking as well as an alternative discourse from the mainstream cinema during the periods of coups d’état. For this paper, I would like to take a closer look at some of the recent independent films that were internationally shown and made after the 2014 coups d’état, particularly the recent films, including Motel Mist (Prabda Yoon, 2016), The Island Funeral (Pimpaka Towira, 2016), and By the Time It Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong, 2016), and how each of them offers an alternative vision of the country following the coups d’état and made it possible for us to rethink the subject of politics in Thai cinema, particularly at a time when political subjects are under microscope of the authoritarian government.

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Sopawan Boonnimitra, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

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Conference: EuroMedia2017
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory

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