Politics within Film, Film of Politics

By: Wanwarang Maisuwong  

This paper studies the portrayal of film’s political message through two compositions: language and image. Film generally communicates by its verbal and non-verbal structures. The verbal can be observed over the spoken conversation as well as the narration. However, the non-verbal could be discovered under the motion picture including gesture, facial expression and body movement. The film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which won the 2010 Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, consists of connotative political idea and history of Thai Communist Party. The article focuses on the film’s discourse and representation. It aims to analyse the film’s political implication from both compositions as well as to examine film’s possible cause and relation to the communist uprising in the certain period. To achieve the objectives, the author relies on cultural study – language discourse, representation of image, sign and symbol, and ideology. The research provides a critical analysis of politics within the films and its potential political message. Moreover, the reader may find connections between the film’s content and the Thai bureaucracy’s historical background.

Language-Discourse, Image, Representation, Communist, Politics
Media Cultures
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Wanwarang Maisuwong

PhD student, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

I am from Thailand and currently studying PhD in sociology. My interests are about film, culture and psycho-analysis. My current thesis focuses on Thai films and their particular messages. Moreover, I study perception, reception and interpretation of audiences. I have a background of mass communication and international relations. When I was 17 years old, I attend US high school with an exchange program. Therefore, I obtained high school diplomas from both Thai and US schools. I have been living in Switzerland for more than 3 years. I now also speak French a little bit. I plan to finish my study in the next two years.