Film Night at Webster: Director Dherapon Amarabhitak’s Guest Lecture | Webster University Thailand

Film Night at Webster: Director Dherapon Amarabhitak’s Guest Lecture

By Buddhaporn Srisupawat and Alexander Klemm

Celebrated Director Dherapon Amarabhitak gives guest lecture at Webster on the Thai Horror Film Nang Nak

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On Wednesday 14 Nov. 2018, as part of the university’s traditional “Film Night” event, Mr. Dherapon Amarabhitak, an award-winning video producer and director, had a 2-hour guest lecture and discussion at the School of Communications, Cha-am campus. Mr. Amarabhitak holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies from Thammasat University and has been working in the television and video production industry for years. His expertise lies in the areas of narrative style and the production of a variety of video packages, including documentaries, promotional videos, incentive videos, game shows, TV series and art music videos. He has been the recipient of numerous national awards. Mr. Amarabhitak’s lecture was titled “Cultural Interpretations of the Thai Horror Film Nang Nak” and was given to students taking the courses FLST 1000 Film and TV Appreciation as well as MEDC 1630 Media Literacy.

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The students learned about the art of storytelling and the mechanisms of a story structure for drama and credibility. His talk contributed greatly to the students’ appreciation of Thai culture, as they and the director discussed Thai spiritual beliefs, animism, folklore, Buddhism, and related topics, such as ceremonies, social structures, destiny and karma, birth and death, and all this based on the story of Nang Nak. The film discussion was of high quality and certainly helped the students to better understand key aspects of Thainess. 

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