SPEISEKINO // Censor Must Die (2012)
by Ing K and Manit Sriwanichpoom
Language: Thai with English subtitles
- Burmese Days, (17.05 min) Dual screen projection (Burma)
- Caminata Nocturna (22.21 min) Dual screen projection (Mexico)
- The Generation of the Peacocks (5.17 min) Single screen projection (Burma)
- Rianxeira (15.30 min) Single screen projection (Spain)
by Karl Ingar Røys
Menu: Thai Street Food
Censor - not the censors, not the film board, but censorship, the monstrous entity embedded in Thai society, a lumbering prehistoric beast with prejudices and a life of its own - must die. When ‘Shakespeare Must Die’, a Thai adaptation of ‘Macbeth’, that supreme song of tyrannical rule, is banned by the Thai Yingluck Shinawatra government for reasons of national security, producer Manit Sriwanichpoom begins an epic trek through the corridors of power to unban his Shakespearean horror movie; from the Cultural Ministry that had funded and then banned his film, to the Senate and the Human Rights Commission, all the way to the Administrative Court where he is suing the government for abuse of power. Followed by a camera he ventures amidst political upheaval in a land of fear into secret places long hidden from the sun, where witnesses are not welcome. The resulting cinema vérité is the living story of a struggle for justice and human dignity, for the fundamental right to freedom of expression, which Thai filmmakers do not have. This is a dark cinematic record of democracy in action, in all its farcical, obscene and heartbreaking details.
Karl Ingar Røys, artist, filmmaker, activist and resident at ZK/U - Center for Art and Urbanistics, selected this movie together with a choice from his own work to spark a debate on cultural activism.
‘'Censor Must Die’ is one of my favourite films in the whole history of cinema.” - Film critic & academic Nicole Brenez
Entrance to the film is free as usual. Food from 7.30 p.m., films from 8.30 p.m.
A meal costs €10. Please, reserve your plate until the evening before by sending an email to speisekino(at)zku-berlin.org.
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Speisekino // Food and Footage is part of ‘Shared Cities: Creative Momentum’ and co-funded by the European Union's Creative Europe Programme and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.