Tonight at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre Auditorium (BACC, Fl 5), the Embassy of Mexico presents a special screening of a new indie film, “Made in Bangkok.”
Directed by Argentinian filmmaker Flavio Florencio, the documentary follows aspiring soprano named Morgana, who was born a man but dreams to become the woman she feels inside of her.
After travelling to Thailand to compete in the Tiffany’s beauty pageant, Morgana meets Dr Preecha Tiewtranon, the surgeon famous for sex change operations. The doctor becomes so enamoured by her operatic voice that he offers to do the surgery for free. After recovering and rejoicing in her new-found liberation, Morgana returns to her hometown, where she visits her family, concealing her new identity.
The social politics of transgender identity take new shape through Florencio’s lens.
The documentary premiered at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, where it won the Fipresci Critics’ Prize, and later opened at Mexico’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Florencio hopes “Made in Bangkok” will get wide release in Thailand; for the time being, tonight’s screening is the only opportunity to see the film in Bangkok.
Florencio and Morgana will be in attendance this evening, answering questions.
The event opens with cocktails at 6pm, and “Made in Bangkok” screens at 7.15pm. For more information about seating, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the film and director, please visit facebook.com/madeinbangkokfilm.