At the Sindh Asian Free Media Association (Safma) auditorium, the screening of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives provided for a great discussion on how film exposes cultures to highlight cross-cultural similarities.
Directed by Weerasethakul, the movie is about a man named Boonmee, who recounts certain real and unreal experiences of his life from his deathbed. Typically, Thai films have not really cracked into the mainstream but this film surprised the world as it won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last May.
The dynamic non-linear story of the film shows innate details of human emotions and also exposes cultural nuances. “I screened this movie to expose the uniqueness of Thai culture,” said the club’s organiser Maryam Zulfiqar Khan, who has pushed the initiative to show foreign films to people in the community. “The point is to change mentalities, so that in the end we can conclude that world is one and that human emotions and experiences are the same.”
Khan explains that the dynamics that the film explored are such that each person can relate to the story. She also spoke about how Uncle Boonmee explores various dramatic dilemmas, such a princess who deals with her royal status.