CLUB NEWS

Highlights of FCCT Annual General Meeting, 9 February 2018
The following members are the FCCT's 2018 Executive Committee: Positions only open to correspondent members President Dominic Faulder 1st Vice President Pailin Wedel 2nd Vice President Tassanee Vejpongsa Past President Jonathan Head Positions only open to correspondent or journalist members Corresponding Secretary Hathairat Phaholthap ...
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The FCCT will hold a wake for Philippe Decaux, a former president and honorary life member of the club, at 7pm, Friday 23 February. All are welcome.
Philippe Decaux, 6 August 1940 - 8 February 2018, RIP The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand expresses its deepest condolences to the family and many colleagues and friends of Philippe Decaux. 'Don Felipe or 'Frog One', as he often styled himself, passed away last week during surgery in Nice, France, where he had been undergoing treatment for cancer.
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FCCT Clubhouse Improvement Fund 2018
The FCCT receives no outside funding, and must generate a reasonable surplus from its activities if it is to continue to prosper, so please give serious consideration to making a donation to supporting its activities.
Full house: farewell evening for Derek Williams of Asiaworks and formerly CBS News, one of the last of the Vietnam War era correspondents. Long overdue upgrades to the present clubhouse in the Maneeya Center - which we have occupied for over two decades - were carried out during 2017.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
The FCCT prides itself for being one of Thailand's most respected venues for holding open debates about current events. We usually hold panel discussions on Wednesday nights at 7pm. The entry fee for non-members is 450 baht.


Documentary: "The Graduation" (Fly-on-the-wall at a prestigious French film making school)
In partnership with Thailand Documentary Club 2 hours Language: French with English subtitles and Thai subtitles
7pm, Monday February 19, 2018
In the fly-on-the-wall documentary The Graduation (Le Concours), director Claire Simon focuses her camera on the five-month-long admissions process of France's most famous filmmaking academy: La Femis - a state-run, extremely selective and generously funded institution. The lengthy examinations that thousands of hopefuls undergo to be among the 40 chosen students each year are chronicled.
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Documentary: "Alive and Kicking" (2016) (a twirl through the modern swing-dance revival)
In partnership with Thailand Documentary Club 1 hour, 28 minutes Language: French with English subtitles and Thai subtitles
7pm, Monday February 26, 2018
"Alive and Kicking" gives the audience an intimate, insider's view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society. No matter what troubles they are facing in their lives, swing dancers are filled with joy, exhilaration, and even giddiness while they dance. Boiled down to its core, swing dancing is about the pursuit of happiness.
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FCCT Documentary Series
The FCCT presents outstanding documentary films every Monday night at 7:00 PM (except holidays), followed by a discussion, or in some cases a Q&A with the director via Skype. Many of these films have won international documentary film awards. The subjects of these documentaries cover a wide range as the films are for the general public.
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Italian Writers in Bangkok
Presentation of Books and Writers (Not FCCT)
6pm, Tuesday March 20, 2018 and 6pm Thursday May 31, 2018
Since 2012, a dozen of Italian Writers in Bangkok have published twenty new books, mostly in Italian and English language, both in print and e-book format. They range from non-fiction to science fiction, from novels and thrillers to history, academic literature and travel stories. Books will be available and will be signed by their authors.
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YOUTUBE CHANNEL
We record most of our events and put it up on Youtube two weeks after the event. If you would like to purchase a DVD of the event, please contact our office at info@fccthai.com.

EXHIBITIONS
We provide grants of 15,000 baht every two months to documentary photographers and photojournalists to go towards printing for the FCCT exhibition. We give priority to photographers who live and work in Asia and Asia-focused topics that are under-covered. To apply for these grants please send a 150 word summary of the project, a short bio of the photographer and a dropbox of at least 15 selects from the project with captions to info@fccthai.com.

The Night Shift - Documenting Duterte's War on Drugs in the Philippines
At the time of his election in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte promised an end to the scourge of illegal drugs. "Forget the laws on human rights," he said at his final rally. "If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor [of Davao]. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better not go out because I'd kill you. I'll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there."

Every night, for over a year, the "night shift" has covered Duterte's deadly war on narcotics. Photographers, writers, filmmakers, attending crime scene after crime scene, have documented the corpses of alleged drug addicts and dealers found in gutters, alleys and under bridges. Some were shot, others were strangled or had their faces wrapped in plastic and wrists and ankles bound. Scrawled signs beside their corpses identified them as criminals.

For those in the field, it is a constant struggle between neutrality and compassion. Stories about the carnage are often written off as support for illegal drugs. Witnesses are terrified. Killers are called heroes. A stand in defence of human rights is often called an attack on the government. 

There has been international condemnation and local resistance. More than one year into the war on drugs, the number of dead is no longer properly tallied but is believed to exceed 10,000. Photographers carry on following the story, not because they expect it will bring justice, but to remind the world of the many lives that will not be lived. 
QUIZ NIGHTS
The FCCT pub quiz happens every third Thursday of the month (unless announced otherwise). Test your mettle against the best of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand. Prizes include bottles of wine.

RESTAURANT
Our restaurant offers both Thai and Western fare created by Chef Moo. We have weekly food and drinks specials highlighting Thailand's freshest ingredients from the market that week.

From our Western Menu

Salmon Fettucine
Fettuccine with a creamy smoked salmon sauce
Hamburger
Grilled beef patty with lettuce, tomato and onion on a bun, and chunky fries
Chicken Salad
Grilled chicken breast on a bed of lettuce, onions and tomatoes


BOOKING THE FCCT CLUBHOUSE
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