Uruphong Raksasad (Thailand)

Born in 1977 to a farming family in the district of Terng - 60 kilometres from Chiang Rai, northern part of Thailand, Uruphong Raksasad came to Bangkok for the first time when he was 18 to further his study at Thammasat University's Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communications, where he majored in film and photography. After graduation in 2000, he had worked as a film editor and post-production supervisor for several Thai feature films. Since 2004, he left quietly from the industry and has tried to achieve his grassroots filmmaking through the story from his home village. He began to make films about the pastoral way of life that surrounded him and pervaded his childhood memories. His latest feature-lenght docudrama Agraria Utopia is presented as a vérité portrait of two rice growers and their families, but the utopia Raksasad explores is ironic. He rented the land and hired these locals to play farmers, employing nearly-forgotten, pre-industrial farming methods. The filmmaker uses the bucolic surroundings to stage nuanced philosophical debates about sustainable agriculture, modernization and the meaning of utopia.

Filmography

  • The Way
    8´, Thailand, 2005
  • The Planet
    8´, Thailand, 2007
  • Stories from the North
    88´, Thailand, 2005
  • March of Time
    19´, Thailand, 1999
  • The Rocket
    19´, Thailand, 2007
  • The Longest Day
    13´, Thailand, 2005
  • The Harvest
    13´, Thailand, 2005
  • Agrarian Utopia
    121´, Thailand, 2009

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