Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bangkok Cinema Scene special: Journey through ASEAN, April 27-May 8, 2011

TK Park, the government-sponsored educational media center on the eighth floor of CentralWorld, is back to running regular programs after a closure caused by the fires at the shopping center last year.

This week, TK Park teams up with Film Kawan for the Journey Through ASEAN film series, with a line-up of five youth-oriented movies from across Southeast Asia, starting on Wednesday (April 27).

The screenings are in Mini Theater 1. For details, call (02) 270 1350-4 visit www.TKPark.or.th.

Here's the program:

Mukhsin – This 2006 drama is the third entry in Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad's Orked trilogy about cross-cultural romances and family dynamics. It has the 10-year-old girl Orked falling in love for the first time when Mukhsin, a 12-year-old boy from a traditional Muslim family, moves to town. Screens at 4.30 on Wednesday, April 27.

Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops) – Indonesian director Riri Riza's childhood drama deals with 10 schoolboys growing up in the 1970s as they struggle with poverty in their village on a tin-mining island. The movie was a major sensation at the Indonesian box office and won many awards. Screens at 2pm on Saturday, April 30.

Moving to Mars – This British documentary deals with two families of refugees from Burma, tracking their journeys from a camp on the Thai-Burmese border to their new homes in the U.K. Screens at 2pm on Sunday, May 1.

Buddha's Lost Children – This 2006 Dutch documentary is about a Thai Buddhist monk who uses his patience and faith (as well as his Muay Thai skills) to help orphaned children, fight drug abuse and preserve a vanishing way of life. Screens at 2pm on Saturday, May 7.

Homerun – This heartfelt 2003 family drama is directed by popular Singaporean comedian and filmmaker Jack Neo. It's a remake of an Iranian film, Children of Heaven, and is about a poor brother and sister and their adventures over a lost pair of shoes. It's set in 1965, against the backdrop of Singapore's independence from Malaysia and also contains satire about relations between the two countries. Screens at 2pm on Sunday, May 8.

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