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Vintage Newsreel: Siam 1933

Posted on 8/2/2016 2:27:00 PM in What We’re Watching

A note from our curator, independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

This footage was shot by a British cameraman in 1933. It transports me to Thailand—at the time it was known as Siam—in the midst of heightened political tension and transition. Through peaceful revolution the military overthrew the imposed constitutional monarch. What is apparent within this dated footage is how mystified the Western world was by Southeast Asia. As shots cut from Siam dancers to Western visitors in the audience, it is evident that travelers are being introduced to a world different from anything they have ever known.

Round The World No. 9, Siam 1933 - Footage supplied by British Pathé

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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