Dutch delight

A number of Dutch films _ feature-length, short and documentary _ will be screened at three events throughout November as part of Dutch Film Festival in Thailand.

Meet The Fokkens , a Dutch film about twin prostitutes who start a trade union for sex workers.

From Monday to next Thursday, the screening will take place at the Goethe Institute on Sathorn, beginning at 4pm. On Nov 17 to 24, the Dutch programme will be part of the World Film Festival of Bangkok to take place at Esplanade Ratchadaphisek. And from Nov 21 to 23, the screening will take place at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

On Monday, director Gabrielle Provaas, whose film Meet The Fokkens is the opening film, will be present and participate in a Q&A session at the screening at the Goethe Institute. The film tells the story of Louise and Martine Fokkens, identical twins who for more than 50 years work as prostitutes. They finally free themselves from the control of their pimps, start their own brothel, and set up the first informal trade union for prostitutes.

Other highlights in the programme include Dazzle, starring Rutger Hauer in the story of a man and a woman who live far away from each other but who share a passionate romance that opposes the unbearable reality and harshness of the world; The Happy Housewife, a story of a family and the aftermath of a traumatic birth of a child; and Valentijn tells the story of a Dutch boy who decides to change sex and the lives that are affected by the complex issues of gender and identity.

For the complete programme see www.dutch-film-fest-in-thailand.com.