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20th Anniversary Screening: "Nang Nak"

  • Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art 1050 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560 (map)

Based on a famous Thai legend that has inspired movies since the silent era (not to mention plays, TV shows, comic books and even an opera), Nang Nak is, according to some, a true story illustrating the dangers of earthly attachments. It is so deeply rooted in Thai culture that to this day a shrine to its tragic heroine still exists in Bangkok. In it, a soldier goes to war, leaving behind his pregnant wife. After nearly dying in battle, he returns home to his wife and newborn son. The problem is, he’s the only one in town who doesn’t know they are both ghosts. Set in a lush jungle village, Nonzee Nimbutr’s elegant, hauntingly beautiful adaptation is the most acclaimed cinematic expression of this heartbreaking tale.

View the trailer here.

The event is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

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(Directed by Nonzee Nimbutr, Thailand, 1999. 100 min. Digital Projection, Thai with English subtitles)