Constraints of Creative Thailand
Just before the election in the Philippines 2010, award-winning filmmaker Brillane Mendoza was asked to make a short film to encourage Filipinos to vote.
He proceeded to shoot a music video featuring the slum kids of Manila, to ironic lyrics about corrupt politicians. Yes, of course, it was banned.
One thing that makes Thailand different from Indonesia, Malaysia or the Philippines, though we all censor movies, is the fact that the current Thai government is proudly flying the flag of Creative Economy.
The new, the difficult, the unfamiliar – aren’t these the seeds of creativity that they want to promote?