The Bangkok Underground Film Festival Holds Open-Air Screening at The Noise Market

My Buddha Is Punk
My Buddha Is Punk | © Courtesy of the Bangkok Underground Film Festival
Kelly Iverson

Kick off the month of June at The Noise Market, where cinephiles can get a taste of this year’s Bangkok Underground Film Festival.

Panda Records and the Museum of Siam are coming together to host The Noise Market this upcoming month. It’s the sixth installment of the cultural event, with each previous market proving to be a success, with herds of culture vultures flocking to the indie affair.

Flummoxed Cocoon | © Courtesy of the Bangkok Underground Film Festival

This cultural event will take place in Bangkok on Saturday, June 3 through Sunday, June 4 from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Noise Market has selected ‘precycling’ as its overall theme, in the hope of encouraging attendees to consume with intention and be aware of a product’s packaging before purchasing it. In addition to actively reducing waste, the music and film-centered fair is welcoming the Bangkok Underground Film Festival for two nights of open-air screenings.

This will be the Bangkok Underground Film Festival’s second event of the year. Film fanatics will view the people’s choice selection on Saturday evening. The mix of 10 outstanding short films hail from around the world, including Estonia, Canada, Columbia, Australia, the U.S., and Thailand. The first evening will end with the premiere of Flummoxed Cocoon, a short science fiction film made by up-and-coming Thai filmmaker, Beam Wong, who made an appearance at last year’s film festival too. Other films to be shown this evening include Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright, Fat Boy Never Slim, Ghost, Ma-ae, Welcome to Naypyidaw, Le Bulbe Tragique Guillaume, Sincrónico, Confrontational Electroencephalographic Re-Programming, and Monument. The cinematic evening will begin at 7 p.m.

Sincrónico, one of the festival’s films

Those who attend Sunday evening will have the pleasure of viewing My Buddha Is Punk, the official selection of the Festival Dei Popoli in 2015. Equipped with both Thai and English subtitles, all are welcome to join the free open-air screening, which will premiere at 8 p.m. The October 2015 documentary follows 25-year-old Kyaw Kyaw, a punk-loving Burmese, as he dreams of watching the punk scene take off in the otherwise developing country of Myanmar. The true story is a powerful one, as Kyaw Kyaw uses his intense songs to stand up for what he believes in and speak out against the persecution of religious minorities. The film was directed and produced by Andreas Hartmann, a German photographer and videographer.

How to Get There

The Museum of Siam can be reached from the Tha Thien Pier (N8) or the Rajini Boat Pier (N7) by taking the Chao Phraya River Express or the tourist boat. To get to the pier, visitors can take the BTS skytrain to the Saphan Taksin station.

Museum of Siam, Sanam Chai Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, +66 02 225 2777

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