Documentary Film Night: Code Girl
7pm, Monday, September 18, 2017
Synopsis: By 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 Billion. Over 80% of these developers are male. The Technovation Challenge aims to change that by empowering girls worldwide to develop apps for an international competition. From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, CODEGIRL follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world's fastest-growing industry.
Beijing Smog -- A satirical take on China today
An evening with author Ian Williams
7pm, Wednesday September 20, 2017
Set in contemporary China, Beijing Smog is a biting satire of corruption and repression in modern China. It is about the power of online ridicule and rumour in a society where truth and reality are about as clear as the thick smog beneath which corrupt politicians and businessmen struggle for power, spies stalk cyberspace, and a bubble economy is about to burst.
Transgender Legal Gender Recognition: A Multi-Country Legal and Policy Review
6pm, Tuesday September 19, 2017
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) will release the key findings from the 'Transgender Legal Gender Recognition: A Multi-Country Legal and Policy Review' which is based upon a comprehensive review of laws, policies and practices in nine countries in Asia. H.E.
The Future of Elephant Venues - A new business model
14.30 PM, Thursday September 21, 2017
Synopsis: Tourists' perception of venues offering elephant rides and shows is changing. Demand is increasing for venues where elephants behave naturally and their welfare is ensured.
Documentary Film Night: Racing Extinction
7pm, September 25, 2017
Synopsis: In Racing Extinction, a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Two worlds drive extinction across the globe, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species.
Yingluck verdict: The implications for Thai political life
7pm, Thursday September 28th
Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has not been seen since her flight early this month days before she was due to hear a verdict at the Supreme Court in her trial for negligence in overseeing a corrupt rice-pledging scheme. Heavy sentences were handed to her former commerce minister and his deputy.
Documentary Film Night: The Circle
7pm, Monday October 02, 2017
Synopsis: Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment to homosexuality.
Backstory: Rakhine State - Southeast Asia's ethnic flashpoint
7pm, Tuesday 03 October, 2017
People around ASEAN and well beyond are watching with mounting concern as hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas face displacement into Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state. Many have faced violence and seen their homes torched. Authorities in Myanmar say they are responding to terrorist activity, and deny that any kind of ethnic cleansing is under way.
A Public Forum on the War on Drugs and the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines
6pm, Thursday October 5, 2017
The War on Drugs in the Philippines has morphed into a war against human rights and war against the poor. This has led to continued calls for widespread mass actions and initiatives to immediately stop the killings, respect human rights of all and uphold social justice.
Documentary Film Night: Man on Wire
7pm, Monday October 09, 2017
Synopsis: Man On Wire relates the true story of Philippe Petit's famous high-wire walk between the World Trade Center's twin towers on August 7th, 1974. His awe-inspiring feat turned him into a media sensation. Petit's adventure started at a young age, when he began studying magic tricks and performed on the city streets to entertain tourists.
Golden Triangle: business still booming
7pm, Wednesday October 11, 2017
It is one of the the world's largest drug producing regions. Once famed for its heroin and pot exports, the Golden Triangle is diversifying like never before. Cartels now churn out huge quantities of meth and ice for consumption across Asia and beyond, as well as a rapidly growing portfolio of other synthetic drugs thanks to molecular tweaks in a lab.
Documentary Film Night: Bolshoi Babylon
7pm, Monday October 16, 2017
In Jan. 2013, Sergei Filin, artistic director of Russia's celebrated Bolshoi Ballet, was attacked by an unknown assailant who threw acid in his face.
Documentary Film Night: The New Rijksmuseum
7pm, Monday October 30, 2017
In 2003, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the most important museum in all of the Netherlands, closed for a major renovation. The plan was to reopen in 2008, but what was to take five years took 10, with a budget that just kept on growing. Filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk was able to follow this exciting, difficult and sometimes painfully funny process with the camera from behind closed museum doors.
Documentary Film Night and Chat with Director: Angkor Awakens
7pm, Monday November 06, 2017
From the celebrated team that created "They Call It Myanmar," hailed by Roger Ebert as "one of the top documentaries of 2012, a New York Times Critics' Pick, comes Angkor Awakens: A compelling first-hand look at modern Cambodia -- a society at a tipping point where one of Asia's youngest populations is rebuilding its culture and moving beyond the murderous Khmer Rouge times.
Thailand: Shifting Ground Between the US and a Rising China
7pm, Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Particularly since the 2014 coup, claims have been made regarding a loss of American interest and influence in Thailand, and a related rise in that of the Chinese. In a project begun before the coup, a new book delves deeply into this question and provides a comprehensive response.