Four outstanding films of diverse genres, by four dynamic directors are being screened this month—all for free!—as part of the River City Bangkok Film Club’s June line-up. All films are subtitled in English (and Thai where possible), and take place at River City Bangkok in the new RCB Forum room (2nd floor, Charoen Krung Soi 24). The screenings begin at 4pm sharp each Saturday, and an RCB boat service will leave Saphan Thaksin Pier at 3:30 pm and a return RCB boat service will leave the RCB Pier at 7:15 pm. Reservations for the screenings can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The series opens on June 9th with the 2016 comedy Welcome To Germany, in which a Nigerian refugee enters the life of a dysfunctional German family and slowly starts making a difference to all their lives. The event is supported by the Goethe-Institut and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, who will serve drinks and snacks after the screening, while the Ambassador of Germany, H.E. Peter Prügel, will introduce the film. Next up, on June 16th, it’s the 2016 Danish film Walk With Me, which deals with the trauma-syndrome that many soldiers face when they return from war, and find that they have to fight the war from within themselves. The event is supported by the Royal Danish Embassy, who will serve drinks and snacks after the screening, and The Ambassador of Denmark, H.E. Uffe Wolffhechel, will introduce the film.
The RCB series continues on June 23rd with The Last Reel, a 2014 film from Cambodia directed by the country’s first woman film-maker, Kulikar Sotho. The film weaves the sordid past of Cambodia with the snazzy present, showing the re-creation of a film that had almost been destroyed by the genocidal Khmer Rouge. The event is supported by the Royal Embassy of Cambodia, who will serve drinks and snacks after the screening, and The Ambassador of Cambodia, H.E. Mr Long Visalo, will introduce the film. Finally, on June 30th, don’t miss Myn Bala: Warriors of The Steppe—a rare chance to see a film from Kazakhstan. This story is based on the life of the mythical 18th century Kazakh warrior-hero Sartai who fought against the Dzungars, a merciless tribe who ruled over the Kazakhs. The film event is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who will serve drinks and snacks after the screening, and The Ambassador of Kazakhstan, H.E. Ms Raushan Yesbulatova, will introduce the film.
Meanwhile, over at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (518/5 Ploenchit Rd, Maneeya Center, Penthouse), there are four special film screenings this month which are part of the ongoing Monday night FCCT documentary series. All films are shown with Thai subtitles, and a discussion follows each screening. The films begin at 7pm, and admission is free for members (B150 for non-members). There’s also an optional buffet for B250.
This month’s doc series has a musical theme, and begins on June 4th with The Punk Singer (2013) which explores the career of Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna. On June 11th it’s the rock doc Oasis: Supersonic (2016), which profiles—-not surprisingly—the band Oasis, England’s surliest 90s-era rockers. On June 18th you can catch Harry Benson: Shoot First (2016), a film about the photographer Harry Benson who earned global renown with his candid shots of the Beatles and other celebrities. Finally, on June 25th it’s Louder Than a Bomb (2010), in which four high-school teams from Chicago prepare for, and compete in, the world’s largest youth poetry slam.
By Bruce Scott