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mae nak: the close-up and the invisible

Yongyu Chen provides a new lens on the well-known Thai ghost Nak in his video essay, “Mae Nak: The Close-Up and the Invisible.” Chen draws on Pimpaka Towira’s 1997 film, Mae Nak, to suggest new understandings of cinema, ontology, desire, and nation.

Video excerpts courtesy of Pimpaka Towira, dir., Mae Nak, VHS, 1997