The film opens with the quote, One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, particularly controversial in the context of the worldwide struggle against terror. The quote is quite poignant here as The Terrorists is dedicated to the casualties of the April–May 2010 anti-government protests in Thailand, during which government forces killed over a hundred people and wounded two thousand.
Most surprising in this documentary is its experimental form, consisting of a series of seemingly disparate images, commentary and episodes. The director may be referencing Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle (1973) and/or Bruce LaBruce’s The Raspberry Reich (2004), which presents a political topic (the history of the Baader-Meinhof radical leftist group,) in pornographic style. The Terrorists also confronts political issues through porn chic, which, unexpectedly, makes viewers analyze the plot.
Born in 1973 in Bangkok, Thailand, Pansittivorakul is an independent documentary and experimental filmmaker, and an important figure in South Asian gay cinema. He graduated from the Department of Pedagogy at Chulalongkorn University where he specialised in artistic studies. Despite controversy surrounding the daring homoerotism in many of his films, in 2007 he received the award of the Ministry of Culture in Thailand, a country known for its restrictive moral censorship. However, his second film, This Area Is under Quarantine (2008) has been banned for political reasons.
Currently, Pansittivorakul teaches at the Film Department at Bangkok University and also works as a film critic. He has established the Thaiindie.com website, which brings together independent filmmakers from Thailand.
2000 Love Sickness (short)
2002 Voodoo Girls (doc.)
2004 Sawan sud uam / Happy Berry (doc.)
2005 Pleuy shi vit / Life Show (short)
2009 This Area Is under Quarantine (doc.)
2010 Reincarnate (doc.)
2011 Terroryści / Poo kor karn rai / The Terrorists