Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbors

"Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbors" is a film by celebrated Argentine-born, New York based Thai artist, Rikrit Tiravanija with his colleague Cristian Manzutto. The subject of his film is a retired 60-year-old rice padi farmer living in a rural village in Chiang Mai province of northern Thailand. As Tiravanija described to The New York Times last year, "the film is not a documentary nor it is a narrative, it is more of a portraiture." The story has no story line to it and no screenplay. It basically takes the audience and places them into the given context, encouraging them to adjust to its glacial pace and minimalist aesthetic.

It is a character study at its simplest form, following the humble, well-mannered and likable man as he goes about with his daily life and activities. He is far from idle, that is one thing for sure. It is shot with a 16-mm camera and is visually stimulating and it gives a different perspective on what it is like to live a rural life--blissful, simple and serene. 

According to Thai Artist Alliance, the film will be screening tomorrow (Friday, November 16th) at 6:30pm at Columbia University's Miller Theater. RSVP needed. It is not everyday you get this opportunity, so get to it!

Read more about the film here.

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