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April 17th, 2007 (07:08 pm)
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Apichatpong Weerasethakul took his new movie Syndromes And A Century (Sang Satawat) to the Thai censors. (The movie played the NYFF last year, so I guess this was for the commercial release.) The censors wanted to make four cuts. Weerasethakul said no thanks to the cuts; he'd just skip a Thai release because he could play it overseas without the cuts. (The IFC Center in New York already has it scheduled, although I don't remember when.) The Thai censors said they wouldn't give the film back if he wouldn't agree to the cuts.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul now has an online petition to free Thai cinema.

http://www.twitchfilm.net/archives/009711.html

After the decision was made by the board, Weerasethakul wrote a statement to the Bangkok Post: "I, a filmmaker, treat my works as my own sons or my daughters. When I conceived them, they have their own lives to live. I don't mind if people are fond of them, or despise them, as long as I created them with my best intentions and efforts. If these offspring of mine cannot live in their own country for whatever reasons, let them be free. Since there are other places that warmly welcome them as who they are, there is no reason to mutilate them from the fear of the system, or from greed. Otherwise there is no reason for one to continue making art."