Courtesy of  UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Saturday, April 21, 2012
UCLA Thai Culture Night 2012 – “Fallen”

7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30)

Schoenberg Auditorium

UCLA Campus

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Free Tickets: UCLA students, faculty, and staff can pick up tickets at the Central Ticket Office starting Monday, April 16 with a valid BruinCard. (2 tickets per ID) For non-UCLA guests, large parties, or will call, please with the number of tickets needed and a name we can contact.


Music, dance, drama, and Thai culture performed by UCLA students including:


• Look Toong – Thai Country Song and Dance

• Muay Thai – Thai Kickboxing & Martial Arts

• Traditional Thai Dances – from the Central & NE regions of Thailand

• Modern Dance – performed by TSM (Thai Smakom Modern)


Sponsored by UCLA’s Thai Smakom, the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and other co-sponsors.



Saturday, May 12, 2012
Commemoration of the May 1998 Tragedy in Indonesia

7:00 p.m.

509 E. Arrow Highway, 2nd Floor Auditorium

Glendora, CA 91740

Free and open to the public. Free Parking

Web announcement here.


This event commemorates the many acts of mass violence that occurred throughout Indonesia in May of 1998. It has been documented that over 1,000 people suffered death in the widespread rioting.  Businesses were targeted and destroyed.  Hundreds of ethnic Chinese women were raped and sexually assaulted. The events of the Tragedy of May ’98 sparked the reform of Indonesian government and catapulted it into the democracy that it is today.


The commemoration includes a lecture by Prof. Baskara T. Wardaya, Universitas Sanata Dharma


Prof. Baskara T. Wardaya, S.J. received Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in History from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He teaches at Sanata Dharma University and Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He also works as the Director of PUSdEP (Center for History and Political Ethics). His publications include: Bung Karno Menggugat! [Sukarno Accuses, 2006]; Cold War Shadow: United States Policy toward Indonesia 1953-1963(2007); Membongkar Supersemar [Dismantling “Supersemar”, 2007].  Currently he is a visiting Fulbright Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Riverside.  Though his scholarship ranges from history to religion to politics, he is most known for his research titled, “Indonesian Catholics and the Struggle for Democracy,” which explores the complicated relationship between Indonesian Catholics’ varying levels of political participation and democracy developing within Indonesia.  Most recently he was a featured speaker at the 2011 UCLA Indonesian Studies Conference.


Sponsored by the Indonesian Chinese American Association and the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies.




Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Burma VJ

7:30 pm

Bing Theater

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90036

Free admission for Southern Asian Art Council members and students with ID, $5 LACMA members, $10 general admission | Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.  This is not a film department program. For more information contact the Southern Asian Art Council at 323 857-6528.

Web announcement:


Film Screening, 2008/color/84 min.

Director: Anders Østergaard


Introduction by Prof. Robert Buswell, Director, UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies


While a hundred thousand people (including thousands of Buddhist monks) took to the streets in 2007 to protest Myanmar’s oppressive regime that had held them hostage for more than forty years, foreign news crews were banned from entering the country and the internet was shut down. Anders Østergaard’s award-winning documentary is a rare inside look at the uprising through the independent journalist group, Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of thirty anonymous and underground video journalists (VJs) who recorded these historic and dramatic events on Handycams, smuggled the footage out of the country, and broadcasted it to the world via satellite. Risking torture and life imprisonment, the VJs vividly documented the brutal clashes with the military and undercover police—even after they themselves became targets of the authorities.


Thursday, May 10, 2012
40 years of silence: An Indonesian tragedy

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Interdisciplinary South Building 1128, Screening Room

University of California, Riverside

900 University Avenue

Riverside, CA 92521

Free with RSVP TO

Directions to UC Riverside:

Film website:


Film screening of a documentary film by Robert Lemelson

Followed by a Q&A with Filmmaker: Robert Lemelson, Historian: Baskara Wardaya, and Moderator: Henk Maier


Directed by anthropologist Robert Lemelson and edited by two-time Academy Award winner Pietro Scalia, “40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy” is a moving feature length documentary film about one of the most horrific chapters in Indonesia’s history.  In one of the largest unknown mass killings of the 20th century, an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 people were secretly and systematically killed in 1965-1966, when General Suharto began a bloody purge of suspected communists throughout Indonesia.


Over time, the survivors and their families attempt to find ways to deal with a tragedy that was not openly recognized by their neighbors, government or the world. Through their stories, the audience will come to understand modern-day Indonesia’s potential for retribution, rehabilitation and reconciliation within this troubled historical context.  The characters’ narratives illustrate that such violence creates tears in the social and political fabric of society, which can take generations to heal.


May 10 – May 20, 2012
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

In addition to these feature-length films from Southeast Asia, the Festival will be screening numerous other Asian films, Asian American films, and short films from Southeast Asia.

Various venues and ticket prices



ARISAN! 2 (Indonesia)

6:45 PM

Tuesday, May 15

CGV Cinemas 2


Directed by: Nia Dinata 2011


Eight years have passed since Arisan!, and much has changed in the lives of the five best friends. A fusion between drama and comedy, this sequel is a witty combination of whimsy and wisdom.



BLOOD LETTER (Thien Menh Anh Hung) (Vietnam)


7:30 PM

Saturday, May 12

Directors Guild of America 2


9:30 PM

Tuesday, May 15

CGV Cinemas 3


The latest feature by longtime Festival artist Victor Vu is a rollicking action epic featuring fight choreography by Johnny Tri Nguyen (THE REBEL). In this revenge drama, Nguyen Vu is the sole survivor of his family who was executed by the empress of Vietnam. Upon discovering that his family may have been framed for crimes they did not commit, he sets out on a path for revenge.



COMRADE ORYANG (Ka Oryang) (Philippines)


6:45 PM

Monday, May 14

CGV Cinemas 2


Directed by: Sari Dalena 2011


A young woman witnesses the beginnings of a revolution during Martial Law. Skeptical at first, she slowly becomes a part of the rebel movement fighting the dictator Marcos. Guilty by association, Oryang is captured and detained while serving on a medical mission in the rural Philippines. Oryang becomes a witness to the systemic human rights atrocities the military used against political detainees. What complicates her experience is that when she is captured, she is with child. She must steel herself so that she and her unborn baby can survive the horrendous conditions they find themselves in, where psychological, physical, and sexual torture looms as an ever-present tool of their captors.



GIVE UP TOMORROW (Philippines)


5:00 PM

Saturday, May 12

Directors Guild of America 2


5:00 PM

Friday, May 18

Art Theatre of Long Beach


Directed by: Michael Collins 2011


On a stormy night in July 1997, two sisters disappear without a trace… Simultaneously a murder-mystery and an exposé of endemic corruption in the Philippines today, Give Up Tomorrow looks intimately at the case of Paco Larrañaga, a student accused of murder on the provincial island of Cebu. The film exposes a Kafkaesque world populated by flamboyantly crooked public officials, cops on the take, and a frenzied legal and media circus. It’s also an intimate drama focused on the near mythic struggle of two angry, sorrowful mothers who have dedicated more than a decade to executing or saving one young man.



GOLDEN SLUMBERS (Sommeil d’or) (Cambodia)


4:45 PM

Tuesday, May 15

CGV Cinemas 3


4:30 PM

Sunday, May 20

Art Theatre of Long Beach


Directed by: Davy Chou 2011


Cambodian cinema flourished in the 1960s, drawing huge crowds to theaters around the country, until the industry was destroyed by the Khmers Rouges in 1975. Of the 400 films produced, only 30 remain today. Almost all the actors were killed during the reign of Pol Pot and only a few of the directors were able to flee the country. Most of the old movie theaters of Phnom Penh have become restaurants, karaoke clubs or squats. Golden Slumbers resurrects the myths and legends of this lost cinema. Through survivors’ stories and the search for remnants of their era in modern Phnom Penh, the film reveals the vital importance movies had for an entire generation, as well as the complex legacy they leave today’s youth to inherit.



HEADSHOT (Thailand)


9:30 PM

Saturday, May 12

CGV Cinemas 3


Directed by: Pen-ek Ratanaruang


A return to the crime genre for Thai auteur Pen-ek Ratanaruang (6IXTYNIN9, LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE), HEADSHOT is a noir-laced thriller about a hitman who is shot in the head and wakes up to find that he sees everything upside down.



SONGLAP (Malaysia)


5:30 PM

Sunday, May 13

CGV Cinemas 3


Directed by: Fariza Azlina Isahak, Effendee Mazlan 2010


Set in the metropolitan world of Kuala Lumpur, SONGLAP follows the story of two brothers – AM (Shaheizy Sam) and AD (Mohd. Syafie Naswip) who work for a baby trafficking syndicate run by an elderly woman nicknamed MAMA. Employed as couriers to deliver the babies to couples who have bought them, the two brothers soon find themselves at a crossroad when the desire to escape their dismal existence begins to pull them apart. Will their bond survive the ultimate test in the face of betrayal? Or will temptation lead them to the point of no return?



TWO SHADOWS (Cambodia)


2:30 PM

Sunday, May 13

CGV Cinemas 2


4:00 PM

Saturday, May 19

Art Theatre of Long Beach


Directed by: Greg Cahill 2011


Long Beach hipster wannabe Sovanna receives a cryptic letter from Cambodia claiming that her long-lost brother and sister are still alive. Ditching her dead-end lifestyle and alcoholic father, Sovanna travels to her birthplace alone to seek out her two siblings who disappeared during the civil war 20 years earlier. With guidance from a quirky motorbike driver named Munny, Sovanna launches her search into the dark corners of Cambodia. Upon discovering a girl who may or may not be her real sister, Sovanna is ensnared into an increasingly dangerous situation, pitting her in a tug-of-war between her own personal safety, and her compassion for a stranger.





2:30 PM

Sunday, May 13

Directors Guild of America 2


Directed by: Sasha Friedlander 2012


WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL follows four of the nearly 500 sulfur miners working at Kawah Ijen, an active volcano in Indonesia. This intimate portrait chronicles their attempts to escape the endemic poverty and lack of education that haunts their community. Drawing strength from their families and their Muslim faith, the miners search for meaning in their daily struggles and triumphs.




Through April 29, 2012
The Way of the Elders: The Buddha in Modern Theravada Traditions

Ahmanson Building, Level 4

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax)

Los Angeles, California 90036

Tel 323-857-6000

Exhibit website:

Museum website:

General admission: Adults: $15; Seniors (62+ with ID): $10; Students (18+ with school ID): $10; Children (17 and under): Free


Theravada, or “The Way of the Elders,” is the school of Buddhism practiced today in Sri Lanka and much of Southeast Asia. Central to Theravada worship is the historic Buddha, Shakyamuni (circa fifth century BC). Shakyamuni was born after numerous rebirths, which are recounted in jatakas, or birth stories, the last ten of which are of paramount importance. These ten are depicted over and over on manuscript pages, textiles, and monastery walls. The last of these popular stories is the one concerning the Buddha’s final life as Shakyamuni, the lifetime in which he reaches enlightenment. Works in this exhibition illustrate a range of media produced in Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand from the eighteenth century to the present. They represent the Buddha in a variety of forms, as figures in his previous births, as the Buddha with monks and lay worshippers, and as symbols, such as the Buddha’s footprints. Contemporary Southeast Asian artists continue to draw inspiration from traditional Buddhist imagery, as in a painting by the Thai artist Kamol Tassananchalee which will be on view as part of this exhibition.


Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism

Free ONLINE exhibit presented by the Pacific Asia Museum at

Sections include:
– The Perfected One: The Buddha
– Buddhist Places
– Compassionate Beings: Bodhisattvas, Deities, Guardians, Holy Men
– Signs, Symbols, Ritual Objects

There is quite a bit of information about Buddhism in Southeast Asia, especially in the “Buddhist Places” section.

Intersections: World Arts/Local Lives

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History
UCLA Campus
Museum admission is free.  Some of the exhibit can also be viewed online.

Los Angeles museum-goers at last have an ongoing opportunity to enjoy one of our nation’s most important collections of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas in Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, which will feature approximately 250 of the finest objects from the Fowler’s collections in a long-term exhibition that celebrates the richness of world arts and considers the roles these works of art play in peoples’ lives.

Although they are scattered throughout the exhibit, there are a number of artifacts from Southeast Asia (Burma, Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia) including ancestor figures, puppets, masks, and other sculptures.  There is also a five-minutes film on Indonesia: “Sisilia Sii, Weaver” which focuses on ikat weaving techniques on the island of Flores.
Directions to UCLA and maps of the campus are available at

UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

11274 Bunche Hall

P.O. Box 951487

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487

Telephone: 310-206-9163

Fax: 310-206-3555