Friday, July 10, 2015

Thai film How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) in Oakland, July 12 and 18.

The 2015 Thai film How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) will play at the Melwood Screening Room in Oakland (map) on July 12 and 18 as part of this year's Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival. A synopsis of the feature film debut of Josh Kim, via the official website:
In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the annual military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption, while drawing red results in two years of military service.

On the morning of his draft lottery, Oat reflects back on his childhood -- when as a child, his older brother Ek faced the possibility of being drafted himself. Unable to convince Ek to do whatever he can to change his fate, young Oat takes matters into his own hands, resulting in unexpected circumstances.

Based on the short stories “At the Café Lovely” and “Draft Day” from the U.S. bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap[.]
The July 12 screening is at 6:30 pm. The 2015 festival runs from July 10 through July 18 at the Melwood Screening Room and the Regent Square Theater. Ticket information and the complete festival schedule are available through the festival's website.