Fahtum pandinsoong (Boundary) is a 2013 Thailand/Cambodia/France documentary by Nontawat Numbenchapol.
Thailand's film censors have banned a documentary about the country's long-running border dispute with neighboring Cambodia.
Boundary tells the story of the Thai-Cambodia conflict through accounts of an ex-soldier who lives near the border, as well as villagers from the two countries. The film also shows scenes from the 2011 political protests in Bangkok that left more
than 90 people dead.
Director Nontawat Numbenchapol said that the Culture Ministry's film screening office informed him that they believe the movie's content is a threat to national security and international relations.
The border dispute is currently being considered in international court at the Hague.
26th April 2013. See
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The Thai government film censor has lifted its ban on a documentary film on Thai-Cambodia border conflicts. The
reversal marks the first time a ban on a film in Thailand has been lifted.
Directed by Nontawat Numbenchapol, Fah Tam Pan Din Soon , or Boundary , was banned by the sub-committee of the National Film and Video Board on grounds that it was misleading and a threat to national security.
The censor board, however, has asked the filmmaker to cut a portion of background sound from the film. Nontawat agreed to their request to make a slight alteration by muting a few seconds of ambient soundtrack. The scene in question takes place at the
New Year celebration at Ratchaprasong intersection. An announcer on stage can be heard saying: Let's count down to celebrate His Majesty the King's 84th anniversary.
The film has now received an age 18-plus rating.
The chief censor Pradit Posew said the sub-committee, which had previously banned the film, acted beyond its jurisdiction. He explained that only the main committee can decide on an outright ban. He also said that protocol should have permitted the
director to defend his case in advance of a ban ruling by the committee. Nontawat was given no such opportunity.