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Director Pimpaka Towira Thailand 2015

105 Min., OV with English subs

Followed by a talk with Pimpaka Towira and Benjamaporn Rattaraungdetch

The Island Funeral

This road movie deals with the problem of a politically divided country, in which the south is marketed as a tourist paradise, while at the same time is in a state of emergency on the brink of a civil war. The young protagonist Laila travels with her brother, her boyfriend, and a soldier down to the southern part of Pattani province; the part of Thailand with a Muslim population. This trip thus becomes the moment of reflective understanding about the “differences”, which have been an issue in the eyes of many in other parts of the country.

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Pimpaka Towira was one of the first Thai filmmakers whose films were internationally successful. She served as a jury at international film festivals and was awarded the Silpathorn Award of the Thai Ministry of Culture in 2009.

Benjamaporn Rattanaraungdetch is a director of photography based in Germany and Thailand. She graduated from University of Television and Film Munich (HFF) and has been working for internationally acclaimed artists/filmmakers such as Pimpaka Towira, Arin Rungjang and Bussaraporn Thongchai.