Penn Humanities Forum: Cinema, Censorship, and the Scandal of Sex
Syndromes and a Century
dir. A. Weerasethakul, 2006, 105 min.
The Penn Humanities Forum on Sex opens its film series "Cinema, Censorship, and the Scandal of Sex" with this Thai drama in two parts. Set forty years apart, the film – an autobiographical tribute to the director's parents – speaks of feelings, memory, and transformation. Weerasethakul refused to cut four scenes which Thailand's Board of Censors demanded, instead withdrawing it from domestic circulation.
From Thomas Edison’s 18-second film The Kiss (1896) to recent controversies over trigger warnings on college campuses, the representation of sex on screen has always been a scandal. This series brings together films from the past two decades that have been seen as an outrage to decency, morality, religious beliefs, and other community norms.