The Bulletin 24 April, 2017, Volume 724

Club News
Clubhouse Closures in April and May

Upcoming Events (FCCT)
7pm, 24 April, 2017
Fiction Film: Dark Fortune, including discussion with Director
(Eng subtitles only, no Thai subtitles) -

We are deviating from our documentaries for this screening because the director is in town and will be joining us for the screening!
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7pm, Wednesday 26 April 2017
Preservation and revitalization of local languages in Thailand - A Panel Discussion

Beside the Central Thai language, the only official language in Thailand, the kingdom has a remarkable linguistic diversity due to its location at the heart of Southeast Asia: there are around 70 different local or vernacular languages spoken in Thailand, regrouped in five main linguistic families. About 14 of these languages - for instance Nyah Kur in lower northern region, Mlabri in the north and Kuay along the Cambodian border - are on the brink of extinction, as, in parallel with the imposition of Central Thai as the main communication language through the education system since the beginning of the 20th century, there have been few efforts to preserve local, vernacular languages.
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7pm Tuesday May 02, 2017
Documentary Film Night: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief -

Synopsis: Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney profiles in his new film eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion.
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7pm, Wednesday May 03, 2017
The Menace of Fake News in Thailand -

Panel to be announced
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7pm, Thursday May 04, 2017
Documentary night with discussion and snacks: Fillet of Fish -

Everybody agrees that fish is healthy. In 40 years, its global consumption has doubled. Each year, the market needs to find more fish and new ways of production. Where does the fish of our daily sushi come from? How is it fed? In which water does it live? A dramatic investigation about healthy food...or maybe not? Just what exactly is inside - the Fillet of Farmed Fish!
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6:30pm, Monday 08 May, 2017
Documentary film night with food and wine:
"L'esercito piu' piccolo del mondo" ("The World's Smallest Army") -

A film concerning the Swiss Guards during the papacy of Pope Francis by Gianfranco Pannone http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4898802/
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7pm Monday May 15, 2017
Documentary Film Night: CITIZENFOUR -

Synopsis: CITIZENFOUR is a real-life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald's encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasion of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).
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6.30pm Thursday May 18 2017
Quiz Night -

Our monthly Quiz Night resumes.
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Upcoming Events (non-FCCT)
10:30 am to 12 noon, Friday, April 28, 2017
Civil Society Under Threat in Cambodia: One Year in Prison for ADHOC 5 - Press Conference on Crack-down on Human Rights in Cambodia

7pm, Thursday May 11, 2017
Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) Thailand presents
COMMEMORATION OF THE PALESTINIAN NAKBA - Documentary film, Guest speakers, Q&A

 

Clubhouse Closures in April and May
The FCCT clubhouse is closed on April 13-14 and 17 for the Songkran Holiday and on May 1st for Labor Day.
Fiction Film: Dark Fortune, including discussion with Director
(Eng subtitles only, no Thai subtitles)
7pm, 24 April, 2017
150 entry for non-members, free for members
 
 
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We are deviating from our documentaries for this screening because the director is in town and will be joining us for the screening!

Late at night, psychologist Eliane Hess is called to the hospital bed of 8-year-old Yves. The boy is the only family member to have survived a car crash. Eliane is both horrified and fascinated by the boy's fate. An invisible bond develops between them, blurring the boundaries between private and working life.

Based on the novel "Finsteres Glück" by Lukas Hartmann, DARK FORTUNE tells us a tender, highly unusual story about belonging and love, exploring the question of guilt and innocence and illustrating the fearless courage to face one's destiny.

Director's note

On August 11, 1999, I boarded an early morning train from Zurich to Strasburg to witness the solar eclipse that would take place on that day in the Alsace and southern Germany. There, at the Quai de la Petite France, I waited for the great moment among hundreds and maybe even thousands of other people. We were lucky. The sun was shining at noon. The growing darkness, the silence of the birds and the people, the pallid light, the sudden coolness: it was a magical, uncanny moment and instinctively, I understood why solar eclipses were, and often still are, interpreted as fateful omens of disaster sent by the gods.

Eleven years later, I received a small package from Lukas Hartmann. The well-known Swiss author had sent me his latest novel Finsteres Glück (Dark Fortune): his narrative opens on that very same day. I started reading the book and was instantly spellbound.

The boy Yves: with a dark secret, growing up in a family that does not give him warmth and comfort; the relationship of his parents overshadowed by massive mutual accusations, financial pressure, and domestic violence. As the only member of his family to survive a car crash, Yves is left entirely to himself and utterly defenseless.

The psychologist, Eliane: a single mother, autonomous, who takes a cool, rational approach to the pain of leaving childhood times behind. The great love of her life a failure; but she has come to terms. In her professional life, feelings and longings are classified and domesticated.

These two people encounter one another - on the day of the solar eclipse. The result of that encounter is a tender, unusual «love story». The boy instinctively senses that the trauma therapist can give him the support he desperately needs. At the same time, he unwittingly confronts her with her own repressed grief. She has been given the mandate to cure Yves; the boy, in turn, becomes a catalyst for her and her family. Eliane's daughters cannot escape the maelstrom; they too are drawn in, forced to face their own emotional injuries.

The family, a universal theme that affects and touches all of us; the thin, increasingly blurred line between professional and personal life; the struggle for love, belonging, and warmth; questions of guilt and innocence - ultimately, only one thing counts and that is the strength to confront unsparingly our own experiences and the abysses of our own fate. I was moved and doubly pleased by the fact that Matthias Grünewald's Isenheim Altar in Colmar plays an important role in the novel. I have known and loved these late medieval paintings since my own childhood.
Preservation and revitalization of local languages in Thailand
A Panel Discussion
7pm, Wednesday 26 April 2017
Members: free, Non-members 450thb, Thai journalists and Students with VALID ID: 150thb
 
Beside the Central Thai language, the only official language in Thailand, the kingdom has a remarkable linguistic diversity due to its location at the heart of Southeast Asia: there are around 70 different local or vernacular languages spoken in Thailand, regrouped in five main linguistic families. About 14 of these languages - for instance Nyah Kur in lower northern region, Mlabri in the north and Kuay along the Cambodian border - are on the brink of extinction, as, in parallel with the imposition of Central Thai as the main communication language through the education system since the beginning of the 20th century, there have been few efforts to preserve local, vernacular languages.

This has a direct detrimental effect on the transmission of the culture and the history, oral or written, of the many ethnic groups of Thailand. However, some programs have been developed to preserve and revitalized these local languages, mostly through Thai universities and with the help of linguistic experts. Efforts are also under to integrate bilingual and multilingual languages programs in the schools, in order for minority groups children to both learn Central Thai and keep and develop their mother tongue.

Panelists:
Professor emeritus Suwilai Premsrirat, a linguistic expert at Mahidol University and a former president of the Research Institute of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia University.

Mirinda Burarongrot, a language researcher at the institute specializing in multilingual education for minority children.

John Draper is director of the Social Survey Center at Khon Kaen University and a former project manager of the Isan Culture Maintenance and Revitalization program. He is also a human rights activist specializing in the human rights of minorities, especially the Thai Lao, Thailand's largest officially recognized minority.

Kirk R. Person works with SIL International, a global organization focused on ethnic minority language issues. He has conducted linguistic fieldwork in Thailand, Myanmar and China, advised the Patani Malay-Thai Multilingual Education project and collaborated with UNESCO and UNICEF on multilingual education projects and served on the Royal Institute of Thailand's National Language Policy Committee.
 

Documentary Film Night: Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
7pm Tuesday May 02, 2017
150 baht for non-members, Free for members.
 
 
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Synopsis: Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney profiles in his new film eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion.

This powerful new film highlights the Church's origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. The heart of the film is a series of shocking revelations by former insiders, including high-ranking and recognizable members such as acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis ("Crash"), as they describe the systematic history of abuse and betrayal by Church officials, including the current leadership of the Church.
Courtesy of www.hbo.com/documentaries/going-clear
 
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The Menace of Fake News in Thailand
7pm, Wednesday May 03, 2017
Members: free, Non-members 450thb, Thai journalists and Students with VALID ID: 150thb
 
Panel to be announced
 

Documentary night with discussion and snacks: Fillet of Fish
7pm, Thursday May 04, 2017
Free for members and THB 450 for non-members
Chef Marinelli will provide finger food
 
 
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Everybody agrees that fish is healthy. In 40 years, its global consumption has doubled. Each year, the market needs to find more fish and new ways of production. Where does the fish of our daily sushi come from? How is it fed? In which water does it live? A dramatic investigation about healthy food...or maybe not? Just what exactly is inside - the Fillet of Farmed Fish!

Chef Bill Marinelli and Chef Tim Butler will speak about the sustainability in the seafood industry.

Bill Marinelli: a marine biologist, fish monger, shellfish grower and activist for sustainability in our food system. Member of the SLOW FOODS and SLOW FISH movement; partner with Monterey Bay Sea Watch, Billy has lectured extensively on sustainable fisheries and consults with major hotel groups on purchasing sustainable, ecofriendly seafood. Bill Marinelli owns THE OYSTER BAR bangkok, Asia's only recognized sustainable seafood restaurant. Known as "THE OYSTER KING" and "SEAFOOD GURU", Billy is an expert on all things FISHY.

Chef Tim Butler: Born in Portland, Maine, Chef Tim Butler lived in New York City and Southern California before moving to Bangkok in 2009 and joining Eat Me in 2010 as executive chef, where he evolved the cuisine into the modern, Asian-influenced, international comfort food that has won the restaurant awards.

Chef Tim's industry experiences goes way back to his first job as a fourteen year-old as a dishwasher in a small Italian restaurant. A 1998 graduate of the esteemed Culinary Institute of America, Tim was made executive pastry chef of Aquavit in New York City under Chef Marcus Sammuelson at the ripe old age of 21, and in 2007 was named New York Rising Star Chef.

Highlights of Chef Tim's career include opening the acclaimed Los Angeles restaurant Providence with Chef Michael Cimarusti, working as pastry chef at Bernardus Lodge in his hometown Carmel, and working at Restaurant Daniel under Chef Daniel Bouloud in New York.

Tim has been a chocolatier, written recipes for countless cookbooks, ran his own catering company, and continues to provide restaurant consultancy services when he's not in the kitchen at Eat Me.

Documentary film night with food and wine:
"L'esercito piu' piccolo del mondo" ("The World's Smallest Army")
6:30pm, Monday 08 May, 2017
(6:30pm doors open, food served; 7pm )
Free for members, 150 baht for non-members
 
A film concerning the Swiss Guards during the papacy of Pope Francis by Gianfranco Pannone http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4898802/

Swiss snacks and Swiss wine provided by the Swiss Embassy

Opening remarks by H.E. Mr. Ivo Sieber, Ambassador of Switzerland

Leo is a forester and René is a student of theology of Aargau. They have decided to join the Pontifical Swiss Guard. For over 500 years, the Swiss Guard has been at the service of the Popes and has been watching over the Vatican. The tradition began in 1506 when the first Swiss arrived on request of the then Pope Julius II.

Leo is a simple guy. He is pleased to live an educational experience in the Eternal City. René is a catholic intellectual who wants to understand what it means to wear a uniform of the 16th century and to be part of a colorful but anachronistic military body. The film follows these two characters as they strive to find answers for themselves serving under the "revolutionary" figure, Pope Francis.


Documentary Film Night: CITIZENFOUR
7pm Monday May 15, 2017
150 baht for non-members, Free for members.
 
 
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Synopsis: CITIZENFOUR is a real-life thriller, unfolding by the minute, giving audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald's encounters with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasion of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Poitras had already been working on a film about surveillance for two years when Snowden contacted her using the name "CITIZENFOUR," in January 2013. He reached out to her because he knew she had long been a target of government surveillance, stopped at airports numerous times, and had refused to be intimidated. When Snowden revealed he was a high-level analyst driven to expose the massive surveillance of Americans by the NSA, Poitras persuaded him to let her film.

CITIZENFOUR places you in the room with Poitras, Greenwald, and Snowden as they attempt to manage the media storm raging outside, forced to make quick decisions that will impact their lives and all of those around them.

CITIZENFOUR not only shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance - it makes you feel them. After seeing the film, you will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, ever again.
Courtesy of citizenfourfilm.com

 
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Quiz Night
6.30pm Thursday May 18 2017
 
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Our monthly Quiz Night resumes.

All are welcome to this brainy battle for some great prizes which often include bottles of wine or coupons for free drinks. Test your knowledge on current affairs, history, celebrities, sports and other topics with our very own quiz master and board member Whitney Small. Teams can be as small as two people and as many as six people. A special quiz-friendly bar food menu will be available to order along with our classy cocktails or cheap beer. There's no entry fee so both members and non-members can join with no charge.

6:45: register your team
7pm: Start quiz
Civil Society Under Threat in Cambodia: One Year in Prison for ADHOC 5
Press Conference on Crack-down on Human Rights in Cambodia
10:30 am to 12 noon, Friday, April 28, 2017
Entrance Free
 
 
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This is not an FCCT-sponsored event. It is a paid function and responsibility for program content is solely that of the event organizer
 
Marking One Year of Detention for the ADHOC 5, Representatives of ADHOC, and regional and international NGOs, demand the immediate release of the ADHOC 5 and respect for human rights in Cambodia.

Five members of ADHOC, one of Cambodia's leading human rights NGOs, were arrested in Phnom Penh on bogus charges one year ago, and have been held in pre-trial detention ever since. They have been subjected to a never-ending nightmare of deliberate delays and political manipulation of the judicial system designed to punish them, and intimidate civil society to stifle any criticism of the government as the country heads into commune, and then national, elections. Come hear about the real impact of Cambodia's intensifying crackdown on human rights and descent into dictatorship that have swept up the ADHOC 5 and other rights defenders in the country.

Speakers:



Others TBA

Multi-media:

Filmed interviews with family members of the ADHOC 5

For contact: Marte Hellema (Forum Asia), +66-99-946-1108, email: marte@forum-asia.org; Phil Robertson (Human Rights Watch), +66-85-060-8406, email: RobertP@hrw.org

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) Thailand presents
COMMEMORATION OF THE PALESTINIAN NAKBA
Documentary film, Guest speakers, Q&A
7pm, Thursday May 11, 2017
Entry free of Charge
 
 
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This is not an FCCT-sponsored event. It is a paid function and responsibility for program content is solely that of the event organizer
 
The Day Israel Attacked America


The Palestinian "Nakba" refers to the mass expulsion of Palestinian Arabs from British Mandate Palestine during Israel's creation (1947-49).

After almost seventy years, Palestinians are without their homeland because the world's main super power, the US, props up and subsidises Israel financially, diplomatically and politically. We will be screening the documentary, previously broadcast on Al Jazeera, The Day Israel Attacked America.

This major cover-up by America of Israel's deliberate attack on the American spy ship, the USS Liberty, on 8th June 1967, killing 34 American servicemen and injuring over 170 others, is the most sensitive matter in American maritime history.
The FCCT Bulletin
 
The Bulletin is published weekly by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, Penthouse, Maneeya Center, 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. Clubhouse telephone: 02 254-8165. E-mail: info@fccthai.com. Web site: www.fccthai.com. President, Dominic Faulder; 1st Vice President, Jerome Taylor; 2nd Vice President, Arnaud Dubus; Treasurer, Domenica Piantedosi.

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The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
 
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand has been in existence for almost sixty years. It is the oldest, largest and most active foreign press club in Southeast Asia, and a bulwark of free speech in the region. Correspondents, journalists and other media professionals comprise about one fifth of the overall membership. According to its constitution, the core purposes of the FCCT are:

1) To promote the professional interests of foreign correspondents working in Thailand.

2) To foster good relations between between foreign correspondents and journalists and the Thai authorities and Thai press.

3) To assist foreign correspondents and journalists visiting Thailand.

4) To provide facilities for press conferences, seminars and other informative programmes of interest to foreign correspondents.

5) To provide a social meeting place and entertainment, on a non-profit basis, for members and their guests.

The FCCT constitution places the following limitations on the club's activities:

"The FCCT has no political, racial or religious objectives. In pursuing its aims, the FCCT shall confine itself to acts directly affecting foreign correspondents and the journalistic profession.

The FCCT shall not lend its name to any cause, campaign, commercial venture, ideology or religious precept, nor shall it take sides in any internal political affairs or international relations affecting Thailand or any other country."
 

 
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Penthouse, Maneeya Center Building
518/5 Ploenchit Road (connected to the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station)
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel.: 02-652-0580
E-mail:  info@fccthai.com
Web Site:  http://www.fccthai.com
 
Hours of Operation -
All departments are open Monday-Friday and closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays
 
Clubhouse
(including Photo Gallery)
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Restaurant
11:00 am - 09:00pm
Bar
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Office
10:00 am - 7:00 pm (8 pm on days when we have events)