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FREETIME is Anocha Suwichakornpong’s debut performance. As in her films, within which she collaborates with actors on multilayered narratives that engage with Thailand’s violent past and how that history is remembered, this new work builds on desires and potentials of stage and cinema for grappling with the difficulty of representing the past. FREETIME is conceptualized as a live staged performance of a film in progress, research for her forthcoming feature. Centered on two friends (Ornanong Thaisriwong and Heen Sasithorn) from Bangkok—one actor and one director—the performance forms a part of Suwichakornpong’s research into the final moments of Thailand’s past kingdoms.

Post-show conversation with the artist led by Erin Gleeson, director, FD13.

In partnership with FD13, the Walker welcomes award-winning filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong for a monthlong residency in Minneapolis. In addition to the screenings of two of her recent films—By the Time It Gets Dark and Come Here—the artist premieres a newly commissioned performance, FREETIME, related to her forthcoming feature.

Anocha Suwichakornpong a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and producer whose work is informed by the sociopolitical history of Thailand. She was a DAAD resident in Berlin (2021) and a visiting lecturer on art, film, and visual studies at Harvard University (2018–2020). Her films have been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York; TIFF Cinematheque, Toronto; and Olhar De Cinema, Brazil, among others. She is the recipient of the 2019 Prince Claus Award, the Silpathorn Award (2019), and her feature By the Time It Gets Dark (2016) was awarded Best Picture and Best Director from Thailand National Film Association, making her the first woman to be awarded.

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