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The Asian Studies Center has an extensive collection of fiction and non‑fiction films available to borrow. Visit the center or contact us for more information.

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Legend of Suriyuthai Country/Region of Focus: Thailand
Length: 142min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Thai with English subtitles

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Description: Forced to forsake her true love, a queen helps her countrymen fight the invading Burmese army in 16th-century Thailand.

Mysterious object at noon Country/Region of Focus: Thailand
Length: 085min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: Thai with English subtitles

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Description: Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul interviews a hodgepodge of people to continue a creative story about a boy and his teacher.

Asia Pacific: Thailand: Gridlock City Country/Region of Focus: Thailand
Length: 020min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Striking visual images of a city recently transformed from ancient capital to commercial metropolis. An insight into the lives of city dwellers coping with change and particularly with cars.Striking visual images of a city recently transformed from ancient capital to commercial metropolis. An insight into the lives of city dwellers coping with change and particularly with cars.Striking visual images of a city recently transformed from ancient capital to commercial metropolis. An insight into the lives of city dwellers coping with change and particularly with cars.Striking visual images of a city recently transformed from ancient capital to commercial metropolis. An insight into the lives of city dwellers coping with change and particularly with cars.Striking visual images of a city recently transformed from ancient capital to commercial metropolis. An insight into the lives of city dwellers coping with change and particularly with cars.

Families of the World: Families of Thailand Country/Region of Focus: Thailand
Length: 030min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: This program takes you to Bangkok to follow 10-year-old Rakkiaet and his family, who live and work on a canal. Rakkiaet goes to school by boat while Buddhist monks visit the family's dock each day to accept food. We also visit 7-year-old Akeem in a community of Sea Gypises on Thailand's southern coast. While his parents catch tropical fish for export and care for their new baby, we follow Akeem to school.

Princese Mother of the Thailand, The Country/Region of Focus: Thailand
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: The late Princess Mother was, by just about every measure, a truly extraordinary woman. Born a commoner in 1900, this daughter of a goldsmith rose to become the mother of two kings. Its entirely arguable that Her Royal Highness Princess Srinakarin, as she was to be properly known, was the person most responsible for shaping modern Thailand.

World Music and Dance- Thailand/ Burma Vol-7 Country/Region of Focus: Thailand
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Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: Thailand 7-1 Fawn tien - candle dance 7-2 Ram sat chatri - ceremonial introduction of dance-drama 7-3 Khon - masked dance-drama: "Prince Rama's fight with the Devil King Thosakanth, from the Ramakian 7-4 Dance-drama: "Chui-chai Prahm" ("Chui-chai of a Brahmin") 7-5 Jakhc - three-string zither, with ensemble: "Lao Phaen" 7-6 Khlui - flute solo: "Phya kruan" 7-7 So sam sal - bowed lute solo: "Khaek mon" 7-8 Kruang sal - string ensemhle: "Lao duong duen" 7-9 Molam - song and dance genre Myanmar (Burma) 7-10 Classical music in the yo-daya style: "Mo bwe nan thein" ("Song of the rain god") 7-11 Monkey play 7-12 Hsaing-waing ensemble: Overture 7-13 Salutation dance 7-14 Dance to pray for the protection of the spirits 7-15 Saung - baris solo 7-16 Drum dance 7-17 Dance performance: Pledge of love 7-18 Puppet danceThailand 7-1 Fawn tien - candle dance 7-2 Ram sat chatri - ceremonial introduction of dance-drama 7-3 Khon - masked dance-drama: "Prince Rama's fight with the Devil King Thosakanth, from the Ramakian 7-4 Dance-drama: "Chui-chai Prahm" ("Chui-chai of a Brahmin") 7-5 Jakhc - three-string zither, with ensemble: "Lao Phaen" 7-6 Khlui - flute solo: "Phya kruan" 7-7 So sam sal - bowed lute solo: "Khaek mon" 7-8 Kruang sal - string ensemhle: "Lao duong duen" 7-9 Molam - song and dance genre Myanmar (Burma) 7-10 Classical music in the yo-daya style: "Mo bwe nan thein" ("Song of the rain god") 7-11 Monkey play 7-12 Hsaing-waing ensemble: Overture 7-13 Salutation dance 7-14 Dance to pray for the protection of the spirits 7-15 Saung - baris solo 7-16 Drum dance 7-17 Dance performance: Pledge of love 7-18 Puppet danceThailand 7-1 Fawn tien - candle dance 7-2 Ram sat chatri - ceremonial introduction of dance-drama 7-3 Khon - masked dance-drama: "Prince Rama's fight with the Devil King Thosakanth, from the Ramakian 7-4 Dance-drama: "Chui-chai Prahm" ("Chui-chai of a Brahmin") 7-5 Jakhc - three-string zither, with ensemble: "Lao Phaen" 7-6 Khlui - flute solo: "Phya kruan" 7-7 So sam sal - bowed lute solo: "Khaek mon" 7-8 Kruang sal - string ensemhle: "Lao duong duen" 7-9 Molam - song and dance genre Myanmar (Burma) 7-10 Classical music in the yo-daya style: "Mo bwe nan thein" ("Song of the rain god") 7-11 Monkey play 7-12 Hsaing-waing ensemble: Overture 7-13 Salutation dance 7-14 Dance to pray for the protection of the spirits 7-15 Saung - baris solo 7-16 Drum dance 7-17 Dance performance: Pledge of love 7-18 Puppet danceThailand 7-1 Fawn tien - candle dance 7-2 Ram sat chatri - ceremonial introduction of dance-drama 7-3 Khon - masked dance-drama: "Prince Rama's fight with the Devil King Thosakanth, from the Ramakian 7-4 Dance-drama: "Chui-chai Prahm" ("Chui-chai of a Brahmin") 7-5 Jakhc - three-string zither, with ensemble: "Lao Phaen" 7-6 Khlui - flute solo: "Phya kruan" 7-7 So sam sal - bowed lute solo: "Khaek mon" 7-8 Kruang sal - string ensemhle: "Lao duong duen" 7-9 Molam - song and dance genre Myanmar (Burma) 7-10 Classical music in the yo-daya style: "Mo bwe nan thein" ("Song of the rain god") 7-11 Monkey play 7-12 Hsaing-waing ensemble: Overture 7-13 Salutation dance 7-14 Dance to pray for the protection of the spirits 7-15 Saung - baris solo 7-16 Drum dance 7-17 Dance performance: Pledge of love 7-18 Puppet danceThailand 7-1 Fawn tien - candle dance 7-2 Ram sat chatri - ceremonial introduction of dance-drama 7-3 Khon - masked dance-drama: "Prince Rama's fight with the Devil King Thosakanth, from the Ramakian 7-4 Dance-drama: "Chui-chai Prahm" ("Chui-chai of a Brahmin") 7-5 Jakhc - three-string zither, with ensemble: "Lao Phaen" 7-6 Khlui - flute solo: "Phya kruan" 7-7 So sam sal - bowed lute solo: "Khaek mon" 7-8 Kruang sal - string ensemhle: "Lao duong duen" 7-9 Molam - song and dance genre Myanmar (Burma) 7-10 Classical music in the yo-daya style: "Mo bwe nan thein" ("Song of the rain god") 7-11 Monkey play 7-12 Hsaing-waing ensemble: Overture 7-13 Salutation dance 7-14 Dance to pray for the protection of the spirits 7-15 Saung - baris solo 7-16 Drum dance 7-17 Dance performance: Pledge of love 7-18 Puppet dance

Bangkok Zigzag Country/Region of Focus: Thailand
Length: 050min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English

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Description: This documentary portrays the lives fo motorcycle taxi drivers who live and work out of a courtyard in a working class neighborhood of Bangkok. Along with over 100 other drivers, most of them from rural areas of Thailand, they make their living by taxiing school children, market women, and businesspeople to and from their appointments. Astride Kawasakis and Hondas, they endure polluted air, dangerous driving conditions and threats from loan sharks in order to move customers through world-class traffic jams. In interviews, the men discuss their jobs, their family lives and the struggle to make ends meet, and their belief in guardian spirits, thereby revealing how traditional Thai values and lifestyles are being transformed by the forces of globalization.

Kundun Country/Region of Focus: Tibet
Length: 135min
Type of Film: Documentary
Language: English, Tibetan. and Mandarin Chinese

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Description: The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since. In 1937, in a remote area of Tibet close to the Chinese border, a two year old child is identified as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the compassionate Buddha. Two years later, the child is brought to Lhasa where he is schooled as a monk and as head of state amidst the color and pageantry of Tibetan culture. The film follows him into adulthood: when he is 14, the Chinese invade Tibet and he is forced into a shaky coalition government; he travels to China to meet with a cynical Mao; and, finally, in 1959, ill and under siege, he flees to India. Throughout, he has visions of his people's slaughter under Chinese rule.The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since. In 1937, in a remote area of Tibet close to the Chinese border, a two year old child is identified as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the compassionate Buddha. Two years later, the child is brought to Lhasa where he is schooled as a monk and as head of state amidst the color and pageantry of Tibetan culture. The film follows him into adulthood: when he is 14, the Chinese invade Tibet and he is forced into a shaky coalition government; he travels to China to meet with a cynical Mao; and, finally, in 1959, ill and under siege, he flees to India. Throughout, he has visions of his people's slaughter under Chinese rule.The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since. In 1937, in a remote area of Tibet close to the Chinese border, a two year old child is identified as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the compassionate Buddha. Two years later, the child is brought to Lhasa where he is schooled as a monk and as head of state amidst the color and pageantry of Tibetan culture. The film follows him into adulthood: when he is 14, the Chinese invade Tibet and he is forced into a shaky coalition government; he travels to China to meet with a cynical Mao; and, finally, in 1959, ill and under siege, he flees to India. Throughout, he has visions of his people's slaughter under Chinese rule.The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since. In 1937, in a remote area of Tibet close to the Chinese border, a two year old child is identified as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the compassionate Buddha. Two years later, the child is brought to Lhasa where he is schooled as a monk and as head of state amidst the color and pageantry of Tibetan culture. The film follows him into adulthood: when he is 14, the Chinese invade Tibet and he is forced into a shaky coalition government; he travels to China to meet with a cynical Mao; and, finally, in 1959, ill and under siege, he flees to India. Throughout, he has visions of his people's slaughter under Chinese rule.The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. He was forced to escape from his native home, Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959 and has been living in exile in Dharamsala ever since. In 1937, in a remote area of Tibet close to the Chinese border, a two year old child is identified as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the compassionate Buddha. Two years later, the child is brought to Lhasa where he is schooled as a monk and as head of state amidst the color and pageantry of Tibetan culture. The film follows him into adulthood: when he is 14, the Chinese invade Tibet and he is forced into a shaky coalition government; he travels to China to meet with a cynical Mao; and, finally, in 1959, ill and under siege, he flees to India. Throughout, he has visions of his people's slaughter under Chinese rule.

Little Buddha Country/Region of Focus: Tibet
Length: 123min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: English

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Description: Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class Indian girl. Together, they journey to Bhutan where the three children must undergo a test to prove which is the true reincarnation. Interspersed with this, is the story of Siddharta, later known as the Buddha. It traces his spiritual journey from ignorance to true enlightenment.

Seven Years in Tibet Country/Region of Focus: Tibet
Length: 136min
Type of Film: Feature
Language: English, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Tibetan

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Description: An egocentric Austrian mountaineer (Brad Pitt) gradually learns selflessness from the young Dalai Lama.