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Paying a visit to the doc

A round-up of some of the documentaries soon available for screening

Film critic and historian Peter Von Bagh in Tapio Piraiinen’s film Peter Von Bagh (Finland, 2016).

Documentary films have taken Bangkok by storm. Once neglected, the genre today enjoys the limelight.

Multiplex screenings are often packed, while independent festivals and events showing documentaries have popped up like mushrooms in the past year. From the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre (BACC) and hip galleries to the Foreign Correspondents' Club, it seems as though every cultural institution in town must have its own docs programme.

On Saturday, the Salaya International Documentary Film Festival will return for its seventh edition -- a week of documentary screenings held at the BACC and the Thai Film Archive in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom.

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