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9FilmFest 2019

Bangkok Film Festival

May 29 – 30, 2019

TW Marriage 1

Ko Chandetka

Falling Star Rising Sun

Fallen Star
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Brian Bennett, Zohra, Ko Chandetka

Falling Star Rising Sun

Indy Shorts / 9Fest Program

July 25 – 28, 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

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Pagorn Jungrungruang, Kelly Alexiou, Brian Bennett

Director, THE TRANSLATOR

Here’s what they said at Roger Ebert’s website:

SERIOUS OSCAR CONTENDERS UNVEILED AT 2019 INDY SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL by Matt Fagerholm       www.rogerebert.com

9Fest, the short film festival run in Bangkok by Brian Bennett, was the focus of a special section at Indy Shorts, compiling several works from directors around the globe, and like all the festival curation I observed here, it was anything but redundant. Bake Phouikham’s “Fallen Star, Rising Sun,” offers a candid sit-down with Ko Chandetka, the first Lao-American bodybuilder, whose struggles with addiction nearly derailed his life. He told me afterward that he believes there’s no healthy way to participate in any sport on a world-class level, and that one must always weigh the risks with the rewards.