[SECTION 1] Medium / September 2nd? 5th

Mae Nak

Thailand, 1995, 33min, Color, Digital File

Pimpaka Towira

Mae Nak is a deconstruction of the one of Thailand’s most popular ghost story “Mae Nak Phra Khanong” as well as the most popular genre of ghost films (more than twenty versions exist). The story is about the jealous spirit of a woman who died in childbirth while her husband was away in the battlefield. In the film, Mae Nak resists the death that would separate her from her beloved husband. The film eschews traditional narrative and instead experiments with silence and movement to evoke life after death.
Pimpaka Towira is recognized as the first female Thai director to be noticed by international viewers and critics. She has been a pioneer of the Thai independent film scene since the early 90s. Since 1988 she has made a number of experimental short films, mostly depicting women’s issues.
Apart from filmmaking, she has worked as a producer, film writer, film artist and film lecturer. Moreover, she was invited as a jury member for many film festivals such as the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Yamagata Documentary Film Festival and Hong Kong Film Festival.