A Thai Director Earns Acclaim Abroad and Ambivalence at Home

A Thai Director Earns Acclaim Abroad and Ambivalence at Home - NYTSeptember 14, 2010
...A popular online message board, Pantip.com, had roughly 100 comments about Mr. Apichatpong, half of which were critical. "We don't consider you Thai anymore," one poster wrote after his success at Cannes. "We regret so much that we once admired you." Of the other half, a representative supporter defended Mr. Apichatpong, saying: "I thought everyone who worked in the entertainment industry was a slave to the government. I'm glad we have such an independent director who deviates from the dominant thinking. ...In an interview in August on the campus of the university here where Mr. Apichatpong studied architecture, a profession he abandoned for filmmaking, he described the protests as an “uprising of the poor.” The perception of Thailand as a gentle, harmonious society is wrong, he said: “Thailand is violent and full of inequality...”

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