My Octopus Teacher recently won the Best Documentary category at the Academy Awards, which may be a huge surprise for many. This story of a man and his unlikely friendship with an octopus in the cold ocean off Cape Town, South Africa triumphed over other heavy hitters this year like Alexander Nanau's Collective, a shocking exposé of needless deaths in Romania; Time, a film about a wife fighting for the release of her husband who was jailed for 60 years; or Crip Camp, an Obama-produced story about the battle for disability rights in the US. But for whatever reason, My Octopus Teacher was seen by critics as the type of underdog story the Oscars love. However, was the film really that great? Well, not really.
A collection of paintings that inspires a sense of joy and optimism will be exhibited during "Fragrant City" at Tang Contemporary Art from May 20 to June 13.
Rusty tin shacks sprawl under high-rises and billboards. Rubbish scatters and floats down the foul-smelling river. Last year, fire broke out near a local mosque. With the third wave of the coronavirus outbreak, the Klong Toey neighbourhood is hanging by a thread.
Phiangkwan Phanthumphan, a fourth-year student at the Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University, blindfolded herself and held a cane while carefully walking down the stairs. Even with a cane, she was worried about her safety since the stairs were not designed for the visually impaired.