Agrarian Utopia

A beautifully shot portrait of two farming families struggling to survive in rural Thailand. The visual imagery was simply stunning with some sequences like art. Through the cinematography, an authentic and intimate sense of both the families and nature was captured. Director Uruphong Raksasad, who was present for the screening and participated in a Q&A after, is a farmer’s child. In fact, he didn’t have to look too far for casting the farming families as they were his neighbours. Raksasad said he wanted to represent his childhood memories as well as the problems farmers in Thailand are facing now. With high interest rates at banks and low prices for crops, the sense of feeling overwhelmed came across the screen loudly without needing any words. So convincing are the performances it was easy to forget the film isn’t a documentary.

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