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Posts tagged Marc Eberle

Vint Lawrence – CIA handler of General Vang Pao dies

I somehow missed the recent passing of Vint Lawrence, CIA handler of notorious Hmong General Vang Pao in Long Cheng, Laos, in the early 60s, who threw his secret agent career away to become a political cartoonist in Washington. Read an obituary and summary of Vint’s remarkable life here. Vint Lawrence is interviewed in the […]

Not easy rock ‘n’ roll — the saving of Srey Thy – in the Nikkei Asian Review

TONIGHT on BBC Storyville – ROCKING CAMBODIA–RISE OF A POP DIVA, the incredible story of THE CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT & its singer Srey Thy. Here’s my article on the film’s main protagonist Srey Thy and its director Marc Eberle in The Nikkei Asian Review today –  Not easy rock ‘n’ roll — the saving of […]

The Most Secret Place On Earth on YouTube

Quite regularly, I am contacted by people who try to get hold of The Most Secret Place on Earth. There’s now a German language DVD of the full 78 minute version, but most of the interest comes from English speakers.But at least the 52 minute TV version is now on youtube and you can find […]

Burmese Fairy Tales

Long time collaborator Marc Eberle and his co-director Maung Maung Tha Myint have just released the trailer for their forth-coming documentary Burmese Fairy Tales, a small person’s journey into a mysterious world where spirituality and sex meet. Nono, a gay, cross-dressing dwarf visits the ancient Taungbyone spirit festival near Mandalay where psychics of the “third […]

Sacred Skin on arte

French/German TV channel arte broadcast a short film on Sacred Skin, my book (with co-author and photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat). Directed by Marc Eberle, featuring photographer James Nachtwey and tattoo master Ajan Neng Onnut. Camera by Marc Eberle and Hans Kemp. Buy Sacred Skin on amazon. Watch the arte film here.

Sobering and Grim Documentary Film on the US’s Secret War in Laos: The Players

Stumbled across this image of the three unusual suspects of The Most Secret Place on Earth on this Bangkok Expat blog. Taken at the packed FCCT (Foreign Correspondents Club Thailand) in November 2010 during our presentation and Q& A session of aforementioned documentary on the CIA’s covert war in Laos in the 1960s. From left […]

(Deutsch) Freiheit in Burma – Marc Eberles neuer Kurzfilm fuer die ARD

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

The making of Sacred Skin

Achan Neng Onnut, one of several tattoo masters featured in my recent book Sacred Skin, the first English language publication on Thailand’s spirit tattoos, Sak Yant, has posted a number of images of the shoot for two documentaries on the book. Check out the images here. Director Marc Eberle shot an 8 minute docu on […]

Lard Yao Peter – Meet a German tattooist extraordinaire!

Lard Yao Peter travels and tattoos. With long steel needles. Peter learned his trade in Lard Yao Prison, also known as Klong Prem or the Bangkok Hilton, Thailand’s notoriously infamous jail, where he spent some time in the 1990s. Spiegel TV has produced an interesting documentary on this extraordinary German. Obviously, the film is in […]

The Most Secret Place on Earth on pirate DVD….in Cambodia

On a recent trip to Cambodia, I noticed that my first non fiction book Beyond the Pancake Trench is still being sold as a bootleg photocopy in Siem Reap bookshops. I was browsing the shelves of a pirate DVD shop in Phnom Penh a couple days ago, when I found, much to my surprise, that […]

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