Set in the aftermath of the devastating financial crash of the Thai baht and the Asian monetary crisis, Ghosts and Numbers journeys with displaced farmers who can no longer work the land for a living and can only eke one out by selling lottery tickets on Bangkok streets. The film is intercut with the stories of an avid lottery seller who communicates with spirits, and images of the streets of Bangkok in the aftermath of the meltdown. After the film, Dr. Justin McDaniel, Associate Professor for Religious Studies at Penn, and Thai-American political artist Skowmon Hastanan, lead filmgoers in a discussion about the spiritual world and economic politics in Thailand. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society, Penn Cinema Studies, the Penn Humanities Forum, Penn Religious Studies, and the University Museum Library. Free with Museum admission. For more information, visit www.penn.museum/culturefilms.
Free with Museum admission
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