Cultural Studies Film - The Last Communist

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Ended 17 December 2015
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A monthly cultural studies session hosted by university lecturer and author Viriya Sawangchot. This second session will on the last leader of the banned Communist Party of Malaya, Chin Peng (real name: Ong Boon Hua).

Screening starts at 8pm and will be followed by a casual discussion.

?THE LAST COMMUNIST (2006)
Malaysian directed Amir Muhammad, a writer and independent filmmaker based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His first documentary film was The Year of Living Vicariously(2005) and The Last Communist is the second one that was banned by Malaysia’s Home Affair Ministry in 2006. A 90min hybrid documentary combining fact and fiction based loosely on the life of a long-time of Malayan communist Party Chin Peng (1924-2013), the film traces the route Chin Peng took from birth (Perak, Malaysia) to exile (Thailand), highlighting in broad strokes the key moments in Chin Peng's journey. Not even his image and his name were ever mentioned by any of the interviewees. Also he never appears in this film. His absence denies his personal story, replaces it with the collective stories of his fellow-countrymen and comrades. Indeed, Chin Peng, himself, is ironically buried by freedom and independence he fights for. He was living in political exile in Thailand and died at the age of 88, in Bangkok.


?VIRIYA SAWANGCHOT
A cultural researcher based in Bangkok, Thailand. He was an API senior fellow (2013-2014), Asian Public Intellectual program, Nippon Foundation, and has previously taught in Cultural Studies program, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, Thailand.

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