CCCL Film Festival and U.S. Embassy Bangkok are thrilled to announce the winning project to receive a film production grant of 20,000 Baht. The fund aims for a project that highlights the impacts on communities in the Mekong River basin. The most promising project is awarded to GOODBYE HOMONOIA RIPARIA LOUR by Kittikhun Seniwong Na Ayutthaya.
Jury statement: "In telling stories, the stories about the World War II as an example, we can't tell the whole story, but we can tell stories about the lives of small people or a tiny detail that reflects the war. Climate change is like the war that humanity is facing. And the project "GOODBYE HOMONOIA RIPARIA LOUR" presents the importance of a small plant called “Queen of Mekong“ which reflects the complex ecosystems that are crucial to all lives in the Mekong River."
GOODBYE HOMONOIA RIPARIA LOUR • Kittikhun Seniwong Na Ayutthaya
A documentary about the disappearance of a plant called “Queen of Mekong” that has changed the lives of people around Mekong River — a coffee shop that used to have a gorgeous view of the river and the plant, a boat driver who had the plant as a selling point, and the villagers whose convenience stores were on the river.
The jury members, which include Christopher George Moore, Busakorn Suriyasarn, Associate Professor Kanokwan Manorom, Assistant Professor Dr.Chainarong Sretthachau, Ormbun Thipsuna, and David Allen Cluck, also announced three additional CCCL-supported projects. The three projects are A LETTER FROM DOWNSTREAM by Patiparn Boontarig, THE CORN AND I by Sedthawut Inboon and Saralchana Khamdech, and MEANDERING by Jakkrapan Sriwichai and Antika Chomnan.
A LETTER FROM DOWNSTREAM • Patiparn Boontarig
During a trip around Mekong basin, Noona, a southern Muslim woman working for an NGO, meets Norjae, a Kah woman. They exchange conversations on issues that reflect changes happening in the downstream areas.
MEANDERING • Jakkrapan Sriwichai and Antika Chomnan
Set in the year 2090, a writer discovers his family’s mysterious egg that morphs into a woman who asks him to bring her back to the Mekong river, her native land. The writer must embark for a place that might no longer exist.
THE CORN AND I • Sedthawut Inboon and Saralchana Khamdech
The story of "Corn", a boy who lives by the Mekong River with his father. When his father begins to plant corn in his own garden, the boy starts to see that things are changing.
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