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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hitler promote ‘values’ in Thai junta propaganda film!

A screenshot from the short film ’30’ shows students painting a picture of HItler. Image via YouTube.
A Thai junta propaganda short film 30 financed by the military government is getting some unexpected worldwide attention- not on the intended promotion of  'values' but due to a more sinister twist! The film by director Kulp Kaljaruek is part of the “Thai Niyom” (“Thai Pride”) movie aimed at promoting the “12 core values” drawn up by by junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha shortly after the military coup of May 22, 2014.
Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha 
Below is the actual unedited film which has since been taken down from You Tube and replaced with a revised copy. 

Whats drawing unwarranted attention though to an otherwise "noble" project  is the strangely odd and short scene depicting smiling children putting the final touches on a rather stunning portrait of Der Führer! The sequence, done in a stylized children’s coloring book production, shows different school activities,  one of which involves the actors standing in front of a  portrait of Adolf Hitler during art class, while winking suggestively at the camera (0:54 min. in video).
The film screened for free in major theaters was met with ridicule on social media and was condemned by the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok. It was likewise uploaded to YouTube which was promptly removed after outrage on social media ensued. 
After apologizing for the understandably upset Israeli ambassador, the Prime Minister’s Office Minister Pannada Diskul told Reuters that “The director had decided to make changes to the film even before it made news to ease everybody’s concerns.” 
This incident echos similar worldwide social media outrage experienced before at insensitive or misplaced use of Nazi symbols and Adolf Hitler depictions some coming from unsuspecting school and university students  roundly criticized for their trivial use of such images.

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