Anocha Suwichakornpong Thailand

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2019 Prince Claus Laureate

Anocha Suwichakornpong (Chonburi, Thailand 1976)

Anocha Suwichakornpong is an experimental filmmaker who pushes the boundaries of aesthetics, vocabulary and form to reflect on contemporary Thailand and its history. Her films have ranged from an early meditation on patriarchy and artistic expression (Mundane History, 2009) to an exploration of memory and history (By the Time it Gets Dark, 2016). In 2017 she was the first woman to win the Best Director award from the Thailand National Film Association. Suwichakornpong is actively involved in stimulating independent filmmaking in South East Asia. She teaches locally and internationally. Her company, Electric Eel Films, also produces works by emerging talents and first-time directors. She co-founded (2017) and is artistic director of Purin Pictures, a film fund committed to promoting underrepresented voices, particularly female filmmakers.

Photo: Portrait Anocha Suwichakornpong. Courtesy Anocha Suwichakornpong