“Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is one of the jury members for the Cannes film festival which took place on May 14, 2008.”
Source: Manager online
Apichatpong is undoubtedly the most famous and talented film director Thailand has ever had. He has won numerous awards from abroad, including winning the Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately, the Thai Censorship Board does not think so. For quite a while, his latest movie, Syndromes and a Century, has been banned in Thailand although, until recently, it could be shown with the removal of six scenes which the cultural authorities considered taboo for Thai society. Personally I think it is rather sad for Thai movie goers and the Thai public as a whole as they are being denied the basic right to watch whatever they want by some authoritative dingbats. Worst of all, they are not even allowed to think for themselves whether what they see is right or wrong. It sucks, but at least, Apichatpong can just tell these cultural panicky people to get back where they belong as right now he is in Cannes, with other honorable juries to judge some great movies from around the world.