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“Mirror in the Sky” reflects on Nepal

WITH EARTHQUAKE RELIEF in Nepal on the minds of the region’s newshounds, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand on Monday will host a special movie, “Kathmandu a Mirror in the Sky” (“Katmandu, un espejo en el cielo”), a fact-based 2011 Spanish drama about an idealistic young schoolteacher who volunteers in Kathmandu and devotes herself to helping the street kids. She faces difficulties due to cultural and caste differences, bureaucracy and corruption.

Part of the FCCT’s Contemporary World Film Series, it’s a fact-based tale, on the life of Victoria Subirana, who still lives and works in Kathmandu. She is noted for her unique Pedagogy for Transformation educational methodology that is being implemented in many schools, with the support of both the Spanish and Nepalese governments. She has also been actively involved in Nepal’s rehabilitation through her EduQual Foundation. Subirana will fly to Bangkok to appear at the screening and talk after the movie.

The show is at 7pm on Monday. Admission for non-members is Bt150 plus Bt100 for anyone wanting the tapas and wine laid on by the Spanish embassy. For more details, check www.FCCThai.com.

Also opening

“Red Wine in the Dark Night” – Along with “P’Chai My Hero”, aka “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)”, released here last week, and next month’s release of “The Blue Hour” (“Onthakarn”), fans of Thai queer arthouse cinema have been anticipating “Red Wine in the Dark Night”, the latest from talented writer-director Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, who previously surveyed transgender culture in the award-winning “It Gets Better” (“Mai Dai Kor Hai Ma Rak”). There’s an intriguing vampire vibe with the plot about an innocent soul named Wine (Pongsatorn “Fluke” Sripinta from “My Bromance”) who encounters a blood-sucking amnesiac he names Night. He’s played by Steven Isarapong Fuller, who previously appeared in Tanwarin’s cute ghost romance “Threesome”.

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