Stories From The North

  • Thailand
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STORIES FROM THE NORTH is a collection of short documentaries made by director Uruphong Raksasad over a number of years. Now re-edited into an expansive feature, the footage forms a cinematic collage of life in the northern Thai village where he grew up. The film captures the details of everyday situations from the most fundamental and commonplace – from the village to city life – to more intriguing moments such as the bicycle club formed by the village elders. Uruphong’s root in the village allows him to achieve a rare intimacy with his neighbours – while some footage are contemplative and observational, at other times his camera gets both literally and emotionally as close to his subjects as it could be.

Here a collection of short documentaries:

THE WAY An uncle and a grandson find out ‘the way’.

Starting out as a quiet observation of an old farmer’s life in northern Thailand, the film sublimates to a dream of imagination. An old man lives alone with his dog in a shack by his fields, tending his vegetables and water buffalo, eating simply and surrounded by the sounds of wind, rain, and chirping birds. One night, there’s an intruder....

Two elderly woman on a summer's day in rural Thailand. A day, as long as a life: seeing a fire of funeral, sitting in the flickering sunlight, watching the cat, eating, lying in a hammock, waiting. "I want to die", says one of the woman to her child on the telephone, who again won't come for a visit from the city. The longest day doesn't seem to end, while a pompous funeral cortege disappears silently at the horizon, just like a projection.


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  • Original title
    Stories From The North
  • Direction
  • Editing
    Uruphong Raksasad
  • Duration
    53 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Thailand
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Pimpaka Towira
  • Festivals
    • JJ*Star Award for Digital Film, 2006 Jeonju International Film Festival
    • 2nd Public Award, 2006 Lyon Asian Film Festival
    • Public Award, 2006 Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes
    • Special Mention Jury Award, 2006 Taiwan International Film Festival
    • 2006 Torino International Film Festival
    • 2006 Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival
    • 2006 Vancouver International Film Festival
    • 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival
    • Most Promising Filmmaker Award, 2007 Spokane International Film Festival
    • 2007 International Film Festival Rotterdam
    • 2007 Hong Kong International Film Festival
    • 2007 San Francisco International Film Festival is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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