Non-Western Artist

2 Oct

Hey ya’ll!  So check this out!

You guys know I love films, so how about some contemporary non-western filmmakers.

Let’s start with this controversial Thai filmmaker, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, also known as “Joe.”

Joe is a film director, producer, and screenwriter, originally from Thailand.  Some of his independent features, include, Tropical Malady and Syndromes and A Century among many.  Themes reflected in his films (frequently discussed in interviews) include dreams, nature, sexuality (including his own homosexuality) and Western perceptions of Thailand and Asia, and his films display a preference for unconventional narrative structures (like placing titles/credits at the middle of a film) and for working with non-actors.

He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Khon Kaen University (where he’s from), and guess what?!?!  He got his master’s degree from SAIC!!!

“I, as a filmmaker, treat my works as I do my own sons or daughters. I don’t care if people are fond of them or despise them, as long as I created them with my best intentions and efforts. If these offspring of mine cannot live in their own country for whatever reason, let them be free. There is no reason to mutilate them in fear of the system. Otherwise there is no reason for one to continue making art.”

I’ll keep adding to this discussion about filmmakers, but this is what I will share with you guys in class.


p.s.  He also has a film playing this Sunday (October 10th) and next Friday (October 15th) at the Chicago International Film Festival.


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