The Bulletin Monday February 20, 2017, Volume 716

Club News
FCCT Executive Committee 2017
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand president's report for 2016-7
Monday Documentary Film Nights schedule:
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Treasurer's Report for the Year ending 31 December 2016

Upcoming Events (FCCT)
7pm, February 20, 2017
New Documentary Series: THE RETURN TO HOMS,
Director: Talal Derki -

NOTE: CHANGE OF DATE THIS EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY SLATED FOR FEB 13. FEB 13 IS A HOLIDAY, MAKING UP FOR MAKHA BUCHA DAY. THIS EVENT IS NOW ON FEB 20TH, THE FOLLOWING MONDAY. WE APOLOGIZE FOR AN INCONVENIENCE.
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7pm, Wednesday 22 February 2017
Regulating the Media in Thailand - A panel discussion on the government's new Media Bill

In one of the biggest gatherings of media organisations since the 2014 coup, representatives of 30 media organisations last month filed their written objection to a controversial media bill that they say would limit press freedom.
Read More

7pm, February 27, 2017
Documentary Film Night: Tsukiji Wonderland
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"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?
Read More

7pm, March 06, 2017
Documentary Film Night: The Look of Silence -

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.
Read More

7pm, March 13, 2017
Documentary Film Night: Gaby Baby -

'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.
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Next Date: Feb 16th
FCCT Quiz Night! -

7pm every Third Thursday of the Month. That's right! That means the next two are:
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7pm, March 20,2017
Documentary Film Night: They call it Myanmar
(Eng subtitles only, no Thai subtitles) -

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.
Read More

7pm, March 27, 2017
Documentary Film Night: Where To Invade Next -

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.
Read More

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!
Read More


Upcoming Events (non-FCCT)
6.30 pm, Thursday 23 February 2017
Leadership : The End of Management? - French talk show.


Classifieds
WORKSPACE@ASIAWORKS
 

FCCT Executive Committee 2017
Elected at the AGM of February 09, 2017.

President Dominic Faulder

Past President Jonathon Head

1st Vice President Jerome Taylor

2nd Vice President Arnaud Dubus

Corresponding Secretary Nanchanok Wongsamuth

Correspondent/Journalist Director/Programmes Pailin Wedel

Correspondent/Journalist Director/Membership Mike Raomanochai

Correspondent/Journalist Director/Publicity Teeranai Charuvastra

Treasurer Domenica Piantedosi

Recording Secretary Tony Doherty

Member Director/Programmes Amanda Mustard

Member Director/Membership Whitney Small

Member Director/Publicity Hathairat Phaholtap
 

Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand president's report for 2016-7
Thank you for coming tonight. We are all here because of a shared belief in this club, a perception that it is something worthwhile to be encouraged and nurtured.

I would suggest to you that the FCCT is one of the most unexclusive, open clubs in Thailand -- possibly all of Southeast Asia. Our membership continues to hover around 800 and is remarkably and wonderfully diverse with at least 46 nationalities represented from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. We maintain a rare tradition in this region of openness, of free speech, of fairness - hallmarks of a good old-fashioned press club. We have a sense of fun, curiosity, and occasional rigour -- when it is needed. We listen but don't lecture, and speak up when we feel something looks wrong, particularly regarding freedom of speech.

We are the oldest press club in this region, and remain the largest and most active. Despite all the agonies traditional media have endured, we still have a high proportion of correspondents and journalists - just under 18 per cent combined. Correspondent numbers have remained relatively stable at between 80 and 90, but we have seen a dramatic drop in journalists from 137 in 2008 to 49 today.

The FCCT has a lot going for it. We are located in what remains mainland Southeast Asia's most important reporting hub. All key stories in this region have come through Bangkok since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, and the torrent continues.

The club has an unbeatable location in central Bangkok with excellent public transport and parking. We have a supportive landlord who genuinely values our presence. We have excellent staff and facilities. We have every opportunity to improve our situation providing our members support us with their presence and patronage. This is a unique oasis in a discombobulating city. Use it, treasure it, don't take it for granted. Improve it with your presence. Work here when you need a perch in the city. Arrange to meet people at the FCCT so that you will never be lonely.

Clubhouse Improvements
If you have not visited in a while, you will notice some changes. The Executive Committee has long recognized that upgrades are essential. The clubhouse has looked tired, and unappealing for many years, and the noisy air-conditioning has been disruptive, inefficient, and expensive to run. Upon lifting the carpets, it was discovered that two of the standalone split units had been sweating, and considerable areas of the wooden floor around them had rotted. It was probably only a matter of months before a sofa and occupant plunged into the abyss beneath.

The FCCT staff have been hard at work since the new year with paint brushes and other tools, and the long overdue renovations have been pushed through. There is still touching up to be done, but the old parquet and carpeted areas have been entirely replaced with durable hard flooring that is lighter and more appealing, and will be easier to maintain in the years to come.

The clubhouse has been repainted in white and dove grey for a fresher look that provides a pleasing backdrop and shows photographs to better advantage. Softer, more economic lighting has been installed. Sunken power sockets have been fitted along the raised window side and elsewhere to facilitate more flexible seating and table arrangements. An extended step has been built in the centre for questioners and extra camera positions.

A new air-conditioning system with ceiling-mounted cassettes has been installed, and we fully intend to test it with packed houses in the dog months of March to May. Various improvements to furnishings will be made, including renovating the existing dining tables so that the hideous table cloths can be removed, and save on laundry.

A proper counter will be installed at the entrance, finally placing the office off limits to unauthorized people. A new router has already been installed, and the quality of the club's Wi-Fi is now as good as anywhere in the central business district. The projector has been replaced, and there is a new photocopier, so members can print out or copy documents as needed. The office has new computers, and proper backup equipment. The point-of-sales system is being updated, and our food and beverage procurement processes are being overhauled. You can now order from a decent choice of tea, including Assam and Darjeeling, and the coffee is better.

The Maneeya Center has meanwhile installed new washrooms in the lift lobby area entirely at its own cost of around 600,000 baht. These replace the old clubhouse toilets, freeing up space for storage. The clubhouse and corridor have been cleared of clutter. Refrigerators and gaudy signage have been removed entirely from the bar area, and the noisy, gale-force air conditioners have been removed. With all this clutter gone, the club's usable floorspace has been significantly increased, particularly in the bar area. With the possibility of increased refrigeration capacity in the storeroom, we can now contemplate improving our wine and beer selections.

Programmes
The FCCT is proud of its record on programmes, and few press clubs around the world can compete with it. Last night we had a full house for Chuwit Kamolvisit, Thailand's former massage parlour king, politician, and jailbird, and next week we are taking a look at the controversy behind Thailand's female monks. Only in Thailand at the FCCT.

Programmes will be a key focus in the year to come, and that is reflected in the people on the incoming board. First Vice President Pailin Wedel has already established Monday nights for documentaries in a team-up with the Documentary Club of Thailand. These are consistently attracting full houses. Amanda Mustard came on board last year, and has taken our photography exhibitions in hand.

Both Pailin and Amanda have full slates for 2017. As a press club, and it is only right that the FCCT should showcase the work of fine photographers and documentary makers, and not get distracted with paintings or art house films. We also have plans to promote sales of books in the clubhouse - providing they are the work of a member.

Special events, sponsors, and revenue
I have been a member of the FCCT for over 30 years, and have never seen a period of such strained relations with the government of the day as in recent years. Since the coup of May 2014, four fairly routine press events (some of which were organized by outside parties) have been stopped by the authorities. I am glad to say that this problem has eased off in the past year. We remain under routine surveillance, but programmes and press conferences are basically going ahead unhindered and we have good working relations with Lumpini police station. We were able to devote a number of programmes to topics like the new constitution, terrrorism, and the media, and there will be more in the year to come.

Since 2014, we have had only two cabinet ministers visit the club, and there have been no prime minister's dinners even though relations with the ministry of foreign affairs are cordial enough. Among other things, this has impacted our financial situation, but the club must learn to view big-ticket political functions as icing on the cake, not core revenue. There have been other periods when the government was reluctant to engage with the FCCT, and the club survived. Outside sponsorships have also fallen away, and no corporates that we are aware of have an interest in sponsoring the FCCT in the present political climate.

Professional matters
The FCCT has continued to issue occasional statements on behalf of the club's professional membership, particularly on matters relating to freedom of speech, defamation, and violence against journalists. Last year saw a serious tightening- up of issuances of M-Visas, which caused particular problems for photographers and videographers. The club lobbied quietly and successfully for some new and renewal applicants, and has recently been discussing documentation requirements. It has been agreed that an embassy letter will serve in lieu of a certificate of incorporation for a media company, which had been a new requirement that proved quite problematic in some instances. The number of supporting clips and translation/summary requirements for an application are still being discussed with the information department, but reductions are likely. The FCCT's efforts have been to help make the M-Visa process more transparent and less onerous for all concerned.

Honorary Life Membership
Nirmal Ghosh stepped down as president last August when his reassignment to Washington was confirmed. He served as president on a number of occasions, moderated numerous events including a number of prime minister's dinners, and handled various problems, including attacks on the club and some of its members by activists abusing Thailand's controversial defamation laws.

In compliance with FCCT By-law XVII (4), Nirmal's nomination has been approved by all 13 members of the outgoing Executive Committee, and three others who stood down during the course of the year. I would ask that all here tonight show their support for this motion.


Thank you.


Dominic Faulder
President

9 February 2017
 

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:

Tsukiji Wonderland -Feb 27
The look of Silence- March 6th

Gaby Baby- March 13

They call it Myanmar- March 20

Where To Invade Next-March 27
 

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Treasurer's Report for the Year ending 31 December 2016

Overview
The Club made a net loss of THB 724k during the year. If the depreciation, as a non cash item, is deducted from the expenses, the operating loss was THB 355k for the year, down from an operating loss of THB 1,882k in 2015. Both years had some extraordinary and one off items, but even netting these out, the core deficit is not satisfactory and some issues need to be addressed in the near future. That said, because of the accumulation of surpluses in previous years the Club remains financially sound.
The audited accounts as presented do not give a particularly clear view as to the operations and real profitability of the Club. An example is that funds donated to the Club for a specific purpose were included by the auditor as cash available for use by the Club. In fact, the Club is unable to spend those funds on its operating expenses. A more detailed explanation is below.

Balance Sheet
The Balance sheet remains strong with the THB 13,697k in cash and short term investments out of a total assets of THB 19,760k. The Club has available funds for its general use of THB 9,318k. These funds are the accumulation of net revenues brought forward on the liabilities side of the balance sheet and should not be squandered. The Club should therefore look to making a surplus over the coming years.

Revenue and Expenses
Revenues for 2016 were THB 7.5m, almost unchanged from 2015's THB 7.6m. In 2014 they were THB 7.9m and in 2013 THB 11.1m. Expenses in 2016 were THB 8.3, down from 2015's THB 9.9m. In 2014 they were THB 8.4m and in 2013 THB 9.4m.
Of note:
 Membership fee income increased by THB 133k although at the end of the year we had about 50 less members than the year before. This is due to a change in profile of the members. The biggest drop was in the Associate category.
 F&B income, function income, and visitor's fees combined decreased by THB 343k, mostly due to a significant drop in the last 4 months of the year, as up until then, results were better than the previous year.
 There were no sponsorships and no gifts or donations for any purpose received during 2016.
 The club's operations receive no financial backing from any outside source, and are funded entirely from membership dues, food and beverage sales, non-members entrance fees, occasional major special events, functions and press conferences by outside parties, and sales of publications.
 Interest income was slightly reduced as low interest rates persisted, and the average deposits held were lower.
 There was extraordinary income of THB 279k due to higher sales of "The King of Thailand in World Focus" book.
 At the end of the year the club started a renovation that will be completed in 2017. It consists of new flooring and paintwork, a new air conditioning system, ceiling repairs, and the transformation of the old toilet area into a store room.
 This renovation is being done together with the Maneeya Building, and the expenses are shared with them. The total cost of the renovations will be THB 1,172k, of which Maneeya will pay THB 406k (plus the cost of new toilets for the entire floor) and the club THB 767k. Most of these expenses (90%) will be seen in the 2017 financial statements.

Summary
If one adjusts for depreciation and the impact of "The King of Thailand in World Focus" book in both 2016 and 2015, this year's deficit was THB 658K, down from THB 1,177 in 2015. Thus there has been an improvement, but the financial performance is still not healthy.

The club has been running at a loss since 2014, also due to a changed environment that has made its operations more challenging than in the past. Since most of the club's expenses are fixed, if the club is not actively utilized it will run at a loss. The financial tide may have turned in 2016 with a much smaller loss, but this trend must be maintained if the club is to return to profitability in the coming years.
The only thing that will guarantee survival in the long run is an increase in the number of members and an increase in the use of the club. During 2017, we plan to increase the visibility of the evening programs to the general public, and we want to remind everyone that the club is available for private parties and events.

We also need the support of all members to expand the membership and the increase the number of visits to the club. To make this type of organization successful it takes most members, not just the few who donate their time and expertise by serving on the board. We hope that the renovated club will be more appealing to everyone and the operations will continue to show improvement.
New Documentary Series: THE RETURN TO HOMS,
Director: Talal Derki
7pm, February 20, 2017
Non-members: 150thb, Members: free
 
 
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NOTE: CHANGE OF DATE THIS EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY SLATED FOR FEB 13. FEB 13 IS A HOLIDAY, MAKING UP FOR MAKHA BUCHA DAY. THIS EVENT IS NOW ON FEB 20TH, THE FOLLOWING MONDAY. WE APOLOGIZE FOR AN INCONVENIENCE.

We are excited to announce this year's documentary film series. We will be partnering with Documentary Club Thailand to show documentaries on Monday nights at 7pm at the FCCT. The quarter of the year will have (with a couple of exceptions) an emphasis on films set in Asia, Australia and the developing world then we will shift to the Americas and finally to Europe. Here's our initial line-up in the coming weeks.

A Young Patriot--Jan 16th, 2017 

Astrid- Jan 23rd, 2017
Lovers and the Despot--Jan 30th, 2017 
Song of Lahore --Feb 6th, 2017 
Return to Homs--Feb 13th, 2017 

THE RETURN TO HOMS
Director: Talal Derki
Feb 13th, 2017

รางวัล (Awards)
Grand Jury Prize : World Cinema - Documentary (Sundance Film Festival)
The Unforgettables (Cinema Eye Honors Award)

Filmed over 3 years in Homs, accompanying two outstanding young men from the time they were only dreaming of freedom to the time when they are forced to change course. Basset, the 19-year-old national football team goalkeeper, who became an outspoken demonstration leader in the city, then an icon revolution singer, and then he became a fighter... a militia leader. Ossama, his 24 year old friend, renowned citizen journalist, cynical pacifist... as his views are forced to change and he is detained by army secret service. It is the story of a city, of which the world has heard a lot, but never really got closer than what's on the news. A modern story of youth in war time.







Regulating the Media in Thailand
A panel discussion on the government's new Media Bill
7pm, Wednesday 22 February 2017
Free for members, B450 for non-members
 
In one of the biggest gatherings of media organisations since the 2014 coup, representatives of 30 media organisations last month filed their written objection to a controversial media bill that they say would limit press freedom.

The bill, officially called the "bill on rights protection, ethical promotion and standards of media professionals", is being pushed by junta-installed National Reform Steering Assembly's (NRSA) media panel.

Media organisations have denounced the bill for allowing the government to meddle with the media through a so-called professional council. This council also will also have the power to issue and revoke media licenses.

The NRSA has since agreed to review certain areas of the bill. But will it still compromise the media's watchdog role? And can the media come up with an effective self-regulation mechanism?

Join us at the FCCT for a panel discussion on this controversy.

Thepchai Yong, president of the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association

Supinya Klangnarong, commissioner, National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission

Dr. Pirongrong Ramasoota, assistant professor at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Communication Arts
Documentary Film Night: Tsukiji Wonderland
7pm, February 27, 2017
150 entry for non-members, free for members
 
 
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"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 Tsukiji Market, which is called "Japan's Lively Kitchen", is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. The market was built about 80 years ago, when it has moved from Nihonbashi area to Tsukiji area in central Tokyo. It continues to attract people throughout its rich history. Fish and seafood from Tsukiji begins to color the Japanese tables and functions as the core of "Washoku", the Japanese cuisine which is added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012. This film will show you the passion of people in Tsukiji and the important essence of Japanese traditional cuisine.

Documentary Film Night: The Look of Silence
7pm, March 06, 2017
Baht 150 entry for non-members, free for members
 
 
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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.
Documentary Film Night: Gaby Baby
7pm, March 13, 2017
150 entry for non-members, free for members
 
'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.

FCCT Quiz Night!
Next Date: Feb 16th
 
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7pm every Third Thursday of the Month. That's right! That means the next two are:

Feb16th

March 16th

Come join us for FCCT's quiz night. Test your mettle against the best of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand. Great prizes including beer or wine!

Teams can be 3-6 people and there will be a hodgepodge table for those without a team, so feel free to come solo! Questions will fall into several categories including sports, Asia, politics and pop-culture so there's something for everyone. Come and have a great time!


Documentary Film Night: They call it Myanmar
(Eng subtitles only, no Thai subtitles)
7pm, March 20,2017
150 entry for non-members, free for members
 
 
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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.

This unique feature length documentary, culled from over 120 hours of striking images, is an impressionistic journey. Interviews and interactions with more than 100 people throughout Burma, including an interview with the recently released Aung San Suu Kyi, are interwoven with spectacular footage of this little seen nation and its people.

Though Burma has tumbled from one of the most prosperous and advanced countries in Southeast Asia to one of the world's poorest, "They Call It Myanmar" is a story of beauty, courage and hope.
Documentary Film Night: Where To Invade Next
7pm, March 27, 2017
150 entry for non-members, free for members
 
 
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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.

America's favorite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT. Honored by festivals and critics groups alike, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE has returned with an epic movie that's unlike anything he has done before--an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.
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.
Leadership : The End of Management?
French talk show.
6.30 pm, Thursday 23 February 2017
350 thb for FdM and CEF members - 550 THB for non-members
 

This is not an FCCT-sponsored event. It is a paid function and responsibility for program content is solely that of the event organizer
 
Panel discussion: Leadership : The End of Management?
Hosted by Français du Monde, the Overseas French Nationals Association
 
If France was to be a private company, its revenue would be up to 307 billion euros and it would obviously be the largest French employer with almost 2 million workers. By comparison, with the same number of employees, Walmart's revenue is up to 450 billion and MacDonald's 25 billion.

This year, France is choosing its new leader. What does management science teach us about leadership? Could Management Science help Political Science ?

Français du Monde, the Democratic Association of French Abroad, invites you to one of its famous Thursdays' Debates: "Leadership: The End of Management?"

We invite you to join us on Thursday, Februqry 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the FCCT for an interdisciplinary panel discussion featuring the following guests:

 

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AsiaWorks is on the Penthouse Floor at Maneeya, directly across from the FCCT (Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand) and down the hall from the BBC, ITN and NBC.

A monthly fee of THB40,000 includes:

· 13 square meter office space (comfortably fits 3 or 4)

· Dedicated Internet fiber & phone lines

· Access to 50 square meter photo/video studio

· Includes corporate membership at FCCT for 3 people

· 24/7 access to building

· Cleaning service

· Air conditioning

· Parking for one vehicle

· Extra desk space available in main office

If interested please drop Khun Mint a note: mint@asiaworks.com
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. President: Nirmal Ghosh, 1st Vice-President: Dominic Faulder, 2nd Vice-President: Pailin Wedel. Treasurer: Umesh Pandy. Office telephone: 02 652-0580; fax: 02 652-0580 ext. 15. Clubhouse telephone: 02 254-8165. E-mail: info@fccthai.com. Web site: www.fccthai.com.

Opinions expressed may be entirely those of an individual writer or organization, and do not necessarily represent the policies, positions or opinions of the FCCT, nor does the FCCT, by virtue of publication in The Bulletin, assume any liability therefore. While all reasonable efforts are employed to ensure accuracy of announcements appearing in The Bulletin, including but not limited to dates, times and cover charges, the FCCT is not bound by those announcements and occasional errors or omissions may appear; we apologize for any inconvenience. Copyright © 2016, Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand and others. All rights reserved.
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)