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Smiles : the hypocrisy of Thai politics

Author: Sam Kalayanee; Lyndal Barry; Images Asia (Organization); Television Trust for the Environment.; Bullfrog Films.
Publisher: Oley, PA : Bullfrog Films, ©1999.
Series: Triumph over terror.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English
Database:WorldCat
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"Tourist companies idealize Thailand as a land of gentle, smiling people and stunning landscapes. But rapid industrialization, the growing consumer culture of the 1980s 'bubble economy' era, and the effect of IMF structural adjustment programs imposed in 1997 when that bubble burst, have led to a huge rise in poverty, crime, and environmental damage. The Thai government has responded by introducing a new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Feature films
Short films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Kalayanee; Lyndal Barry; Images Asia (Organization); Television Trust for the Environment.; Bullfrog Films.
ISBN: 9781594587481 1594587485 9781594587443 1594587442
OCLC Number: 263093589
Notes: Title from disc label.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 31 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Series Title: Triumph over terror.
Other Titles: Hypocrisy of Thai politics
Responsibility: produced by Sam Kalayanee & Lyndal Barry, Images Asia with TVE ; a film by Kamron Gunatilaka.

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"Tourist companies idealize Thailand as a land of gentle, smiling people and stunning landscapes. But rapid industrialization, the growing consumer culture of the 1980s 'bubble economy' era, and the effect of IMF structural adjustment programs imposed in 1997 when that bubble burst, have led to a huge rise in poverty, crime, and environmental damage. The Thai government has responded by introducing a new constitution, designed to eliminate the corruption and cronyism that has been at the heart of Thai politics for decades. This film reveals the hypocrisy of Thai politics and charts the history of recent struggles for greater democracy and freedom of speech."--Container.

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