Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2007 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project The Convert
Category PUFS Fund
Project The Convert
Director Panu AREE
Country Thailand
Director's Profile In 2000, Panu AREE made his first short film called "Once Upon a Time" which was later selected for many film festivals, including the Hong Kong International Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. His other films include "Postcards from Khaosarn" (2000), "Destiny" (2000), "Magic Water" (2001), "Parallel" (2002) and "In Between" (2006).
"The Convert" is a documentary that chronicles the spiritual journey of a young woman who faces dual challenges: that of a single woman who becomes a wife and of a Buddhist who be converts to Islam. In a time when the image of Islam suffers a blow of bad publicity, June feels compelled to answer tough questions to herself as well as to people around her.
Director's Note
The idea of making "The Convert" was materialized when we met June, a woman who just got married to Salahuddin, a Muslim from the southern province. Being a Muslim suddenly has become somewhat of a shortcoming, even a burden, since the 9/11 incident. In Thailand, 95 percent of the population is Buddhist, only three percent are Muslim, and the majority of them live in the southern part of the country bordering Malaysia. Since 2003, an outbreak of violence committed by separatist movements has plunged the southern region into chaos, and further polluted the image of Thai-Muslims. We only believe that, through our observant eyes and patience, we can reflect certain values of society through the experience of this individual.
2008 Pusan International Film Festival - Wide Angle
2008 DOC FORUM in Thailand
2008 Vancouver International Film Festival
2008 Taiwan International Documentary Festival
2008 Theatrical Release in Thailand(11/03 Lido Cinema)
2008 Jakarta International Film Festival
2008 Festival Film Dokumenter in Indonesia - 2008 Best Tahi Film of the Year
2009 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival - New Asian Current Section
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