Screening the Forest, a programme of short and feature films curated by Chulphongsathorn, will be exhibited at the festival’s main theatre. The screening programme is a part of his research titled “Southeast Asian Cinema and the Anthropocene”, which is funded by the British Academy’s Visiting Fellowships Programme, and hosted by CREAM.
“Curating a programme of Asian cinema usually ends up with a selection of films grouped according to the supposed importance of their auteurs and to the identity and history of each nation.” said Chulphongsathorn. “Screening the Forest takes nature as a point of departure.” The programme weaves together forests from Japan, Myanmar, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and the Philippines, understanding the forest to be a network of living beings where agency distributes beyond human forms of life. Films in the programme include the work of the world-renowned filmmakers – Apichatpong Weerasethaul, Naomi Kawase and Reha Erdem.