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Cactus River (Khong Lang Nam) Apichatpong Weerasethakul in conversation with Mishkin Gallery Director and Curator Alaina Claire Feldman Subscribe to Alerts
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World renowned artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cactus River (Khong Lang Nam) is a short experimental film starring his long-time collaborator, Jenjira Pongpas. Weerasethakul's films are often marked by interplays between organic, natural time and measured cinematic time while drawing from Buddhist narrative structures as well as science fiction. The title of this work is a contradiction evoking a river full of desert plants, but also a very real future for the Mekong due to upstream constructions of Chinese dams. As water levels continue to fall, Jenjira leads a new life after marrying a retired American soldier and changes her name to Nach, also meaning "river." Both the Mekong and Nach are changing, along with the memories of who and what they once were. Baruch students will be invited to submit questions for the artist ahead of time, to be answered in a pre-recorded interview.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and film producer. Working outside the strict confines of the Thai film studio system, Weerasethakul has directed ten features and dozens of short films. He has won the Un Certain Regard top prize, Jury Prize, and Palm d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival as well as numerous other awards such as the Principal Prince Claus Award and the Artes Mundi Prize.

Alaina Claire Feldman is the Director and Curator of the Mishkin Gallery and Professor in the Arts Administration MA program at Baruch College, CUNY.

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