On the luscious Thai island of Yao Noi, the House of Waris Batik Lab held its first session. When the elite guests of the Film on the Rocks film festival weren’t viewing flicks on the floating movie theater, Waris Ahluwalia gave them the opportunity to learn the ancient wax dyeing technique, Batik. Waris (a jewelry designer and occasional actor) arranged for a group of local artisan women to demonstrate the process, in celebration of his batik scarf collection hitting stores now. The final result will be revealed at a gala in Bangkok, with proceeds going a film-centric children’s charity. Come be a Thai fly on the wall at Waris’s brilliant meeting and enhancing of the minds.
Haider Ackermann and Tilda Swinton learn and lend a hand to the Thai Film Foundation, which Foundation to facilitate film workshops for children in villages of Yao Noi. The workshops will continue to focus on the youth of the island and teach them not only the history of cinema but also script writing, directing, shooting, acting and editing their own films.