The ongoing documentary series at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT) has a great line up this month, starting on Monday July 3rd with Iris, a fascinating 2014 doc that pays tribute to the iconic Iris Apfel, a quick-witted, American interior designer and outspoken champion of eclectic fashion, especially her own. The FCCT has a very different sort of film screening lined up for July 17th when they present—in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the American Film Showcase—the 2015 doc 3 1/2 Minutes Ten Bullets, the Sundance Film Festival 2015 winner directed by Marc Silver. The film focuses on the murder of a 17-year-old black youth, killed by a 45-year-old white man, and delves into the intricate web of racial prejudice in 21st century America (the evening includes a Skype Q&A session with the filmmakers).
Before the month winds to a close the FCCT will present two more films in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the American Film Showcase. The 2014 film Sriracha will be shown on Monday, July 24th, and it reveals the intriguing story of the man behind the iconic “rooster sauce” which has earned a cult following around the globe. Then, on Monday, July 31st, don’t miss Resilience, a gripping documentary which shows how toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death.
Each film will screen at 7pm and admission for all films for FCCT non-members is B150 (free admission for members). Visit www.fccthai.com for more information.
Meanwhile, this month’s screening at the Thailand Knowledge (TK) Park, located on the 8th floor of CentralWorld (999/9 Rama 1 Rd), will be Kusuthara-Pattern of Love from Bhutan (directed by Karma Deki, the country’s first female film-maker). Beautifully shot in the uppermost mountains of Bhutan, it’s a love story between a Bhutanese married woman and an American tourist which turns out to be a “karmic” romance. The film has created waves at many international film festivals and will be shown here in Bangkok on Saturday July 29th at 4pm. The event will be supported by the Embassy of Bhutan, with food and drink on hand, and the Bhutanese Ambassador presiding over the event. Tickets are only B20 each. For more information, visit www.tkpark.or.th.
Finally, the Bangkok Screening Room has a varied roster this month, including the 2016 doc The Incomparable Rose Harman which profiles a sharp-tongued, 80-year-old NYC socialite. By contrast the 2016 UK drama Handsome Devil is a coming-of-age story about a bullied outsider and a star athlete forced to room together, while Homme Less (2014) profiles a homeless man who mingles with wealthy society figures. Check the website for screening dates and times, www.bkksr.com.