Jai Sang Lod, a refuge stateless Shan boy, goes into adult life with a gun and military uniform.
Jai Sang Lod, a 21 year old boy from the Shan State dreams of having a normal life, but being a refugee and living in Doi Kor Wan Hill at the border of Myanmar and Thailand has put certain restrictions for his future. In this stateless territory, every Shan Refugee has to undergo training for a life time of military service. This is enforced by the Shan State Army (SSA) that controls and protects the territory in order to achieve the Shan liberation from the Myanmar government. His plan to live in Chiang Mai to follow his older brother has shattered after the passing of his mother and being an undocumented person puts him in greater risks in the city. His only option is to submit his life to the SSA without knowing if there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Nontawat Numbenchapol is a Thai film director and television screenwriter, who is widely recognized for his documentary work. He graduated from the Visual Communication Design Department, Rangsit University.
In 2013, Numbenchapol finished his first documentary film BOUNDARY, funded by Busan International Film Festival and Art Network Asia. The film depicts point-of-views of local people at the Thai-Cambodia border that have never been recognized. Numbenchapol received the Young Filmmaker award from the Bangkok Critics Assembly and BOUNDARY screened at film festivals such as Berlinale, IDFA, and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.
In the same year, Numbenchapol completed his second documentary BY THE RIVER, about the Klity villagers affected by water lead contamination. It became the first Thai film to receive the Special Mention award from the Locarno International Film Festival.
In 2016 Numbenchapol created an hybrid docu-fiction #BKKY, a story of a teenage girl, “Jojo,” questioning life and identity. Jojo’s character is a compilation of 100 teenagers interviewed in Bangkok about their loves and dreams and coming-of-age just after graduating high school. It premiered in October 2016 Busan International Film Festival and received the Jury Award for best feature- length film from Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg, Germany.
John Badalu is a Festival Delegate for Berlin and Shanghai Film Festival. He is also a programmer for Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia and Q Cinema Film Festival in Quezon City in the Philippines. He is also an independent producer who works on both fiction and documentary films.
Komtouch is born in Bangkok, Thailand but raised in southern United States, and studied at the University of Texas in the department of Radio-Television- Film where he directed and produced a number of short works including Magna Carda’s Juice + Alive music video and the Thai-language short film, Motherland that made its way to international festivals such as Austin Film Festival, Austin Asian American Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Salento International Film Festival, and Thai Short Film and Video Festival etc.
In 2016, Napattaloong participated in the filmmaking workshop, “Filming in Cuba with Abbas Kiarostami” where he produced, directed, shot and edited a 10-minute Cuban short film, El Cielo, with the mentorship of Kiarostami. The program was set at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television in Cuba and was produced by Black Factory Cinema.
After spending a year in Los Angeles, Napattaloong returned to Bangkok with plans to produce and direct films and videos.
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