FCCT statement on the criminal prosecution of BBC Southeast Asia correspondent Jonathan Head
Due to laws in Thailand relating to contempt of court, the professional membership of the Foreign Correspondents' Club is constrained in what can be said concerning criminal charges for defamation brought against BBC correspondent Jonathan Head, which are being tested in a Thai court at taxpayer's expense.
Salman Wayne John Morrison, 1945-2017, RIP
Wayne Morrison, a veteran New Zealand journalist who worked from the late 1960s on newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong, Thailand, and Singapore died early on Monday morning (27 February) at Singapore's National University Hospital. He was interred the same day at Masjid Pusara Aman cemetery.
Monday Documentary Film Nights schedule:
As promised we will be screening a documentary every Monday (except for holidays). Here's the line-up so far. We will update each of these with a synopsis soon. Stay tuned:
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 Film Night: Tsukiji Wonderland
7pm, February 27, 2017
"Tsukiji Wonderland" - The documentary film about The Tsukiji Market, which is the biggest fish and seafood market in the world. Why does Tsukiji continue to fascinate people around the world over the years?
The assassination of Ko Ni and Myanmar's faltering national reconciliation
7pm, Wed. 1 March, 2017
The coldly calculated assassination of Muslim lawyer Ko Ni at Yangon's Mingaladon International Airport on 29 January appalled the world, not least because of the shocking image of him cradling his grandson at the time. A taxi driver was also killed during the capture of the killer.
Exhibition opening: "Behind Tin Walls"
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7PM
"Behind Tin Walls" is a project documenting the lives of migrant workers living in three different camp sites of Bangkok. Mostly migrant workers from Cambodia, they occupy temporary tin-walled structures as they build Bangkok's booming luxury condominium industry. Their own living conditions are of stark difference, raising health and safety concerns for the workers and their families. This emerging Thai photographer's work shows the parallel world in the shadows beneath the rising towers of Bangkok, the 'City of Angels'.
Documentary Film Night: The Look of Silence
7pm, March 06, 2017
Through Oppenheimer's footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.
THE NEVER-ENDING BATTLE AGAINST CORRUPTION
7pm, Wednesday 8th March 2017
One of the strongest claims made by the military government after it seized power in Thailand in 2014 was that it would prioritise combatting corruption, a long-standing Thai vice that the generals argued was largely associated with elected politicians. Nearly three years later, what have they achieved?
Documentary Film Night: Gaby Baby
7pm, March 13, 2017
'Gayby Baby', an Australian feature documentary in which four kids who take us into their homes and share what it's like growing up with same-sex parents. The film takes an intimate, character-driven approach to issues at the heart of modern social politics: family, gender, sexuality, parenting and youth; skewering some of the most hotly debated contemporary issues with rarely heard voices that work to cut-through the saturation of political rhetoric - the voices of the kids.
Documentary Film Night: They call it Myanmar
(Eng subtitles only, no Thai subtitles)
7pm, March 20,2017
Shot clandestinely over a 2-year period by best-selling novelist and filmmaker, Robert H. Lieberman, this film provides a rare look at the second-most isolated country on the planet. It lifts the curtain to expose the everyday life in a country that has been held in the iron grip of a brutal military regime for 48 years.
Documentary Film Night: Where To Invade Next
7pm, March 27, 2017
Academy Award®-winning director Michael Moore is back with WHERE TO INVADE NEXT: a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.
New Members' Night
7pm, Friday March 31, 2017
This is your chance to meet other current members and FCCT Board members, including the President. You may also be interested to join the now famous guided Media Tour of the premises of the BBC, ITN/Channel 4, ABC, Al Jazeera, NBC and AsiaWorks, a unique chance to go behind the scenes and see some of the media offices and studios in the same building as the FCCT.
Fiction Film: Dark Fortune, including discussion with Director
(Eng subtitles only, no Thai subtitles)
7pm, 24 April, 2017
We are deviating from our documentaries for this screening because the director is in town and will be joining us for the screening!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Gallery this month: Photographs by Paula Bronstein
Paula Bronstein, who has made Bangkok her home for nearly two decades, has published a superb new book about life in Afghanistan, 'Between Hope and Fear".
Paula Bronstein's many nominations and awards span decades and represent only a small space in a lifetime of extraordinary front line news and documentary photography across the globe. She has won awards like the Pulitzer, Pictures of The Year International, and The National Press Photographer's Association. She has judged some of the most important international photography contests such as The World Press Photo Award, exhibited extensively, and given interviews for media in the US, Australia, and across Asia. In the fifteen years since the start of the US-led war in Afghanistan she has been an outstanding photographic chronicler of the experiences of Afghan people, in particular the women.
In the gallery this month are photographs from the new book.
The FCCT, 'Battle of the Bureaus' 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.
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
Fettuccine with a creamy smoked salmon sauce
Grilled beef patty with lettuce, tomato and onion on a bun, and chunky fries
Grilled chicken breast on a bed of lettuce, onions and tomatoes