September 18, 2017

Remarks by His Excellency Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi at the Screening of Two Thai Films as Part of the ASEAN Film Festival


Remarks by

His Excellency Mr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Canada

At the Screening of Two Thai Films

as Part of the ASEAN Film Festival

Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa

Sunday, 17 September 2017




Distinguished Guests,

Dear Friends,


I am very pleased to welcome you all to the screenings of two somewhat different Thai films.  Today’s event is held as part of the ASEAN Film Festival in Ottawa, and in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation.


I hope the two movies you are about to watch will give you some insights into the ways of life, culture and values of Thailand.  They are just two examples of Thailand’s thriving film industry, which has existed for almost a century.  In recent years, Thai movies have won a number of awards at various international film festivals around the world, although we are still missing that elusive Academy Award.


This first movie, “The Teacher’s Diary”, is a comedy / romantic drama and was Thailand’s entry for Best Foreign-Language Film at the 2015 Academy Awards.  Many foreign film companies have bought the rights to screen this movie in several countries. The movie depicts the power of the written word, and the strong emotions, including love, that words on a page can bring forth.  It also depicts the bond between students and teachers who wish to see their pupils grow up to be the best they can be.  I hope this movie will inspire you, make you laugh, perhaps make you cry, and present some valuable perspectives on life in rural Thailand.


The second movie, “The Protector 2”, is an all-action film, whose lead actor, Thailand’s Tony Jaa, may be a familiar name to some of you. This movie includes Thai martial arts, Thai elephants, and exciting twists and turns at every corner.


In concluding, I would like to thank all our Canadian and international friends, along with our ASEAN and diplomatic colleagues for joining us this afternoon.  I hope you have enjoyed the Thai lunch we have provided.  And now, let the show begin.



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