a film screening by Nontawat Numbenchapol
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw invites you to a film screening by Nontawat Numbenchapol.
Everything began during the 2010 political crisis in Thailand. People in Bangkok are talking about the protest of the Red Shirts with different point of view. I was working in a local film production. In the production, I met Aod, a young man from Sisaket, a Northeastern province in Thailand that borders Cambodia and Preah Vihear Temple. Aod can speak Khmer. During his military service, he was sent to the South to fight the seperalists, and was sent to Bangkok to dissolve the Red Shirts protesters in 2010. After he was discharged from the army, he went back to his hometown. As I am Bangkokian, I want to understand the people living in the actual place where the conflict occurs. That is the reason I followed Aod to his hometown and made this film.
Before the border conflict, people over there lived peacefully. The conflict reappeared again during the political conflict in Thailand. There were protests in Bangkok for this issue. I don't know if the protesters want to reclaim the temple, or they just want to attack their political opponent.
Boundary is the imaginary line we marked it down to seperate the area. Boundary disputes happens anywhere. I believe that People living around the border area are the same group of people. They share the same culture, language and tradition, but from different political policy or many other reasons, boundary was made to seperate them.
This film was made to express my feeling toward 'Boundary', not just territorial boundary, but also boundary between social classes, boundary between birth and death, and boundary between happiness and sorrow.
"Boundary" / Thailand, Cambodia, France (2013) / 96 min