The Island Funeral

Pimpaka Towira/105 minutes/2015/Thailand/Fiction

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01 DEC 2016 | 14.45 |  EMPIRE XXI STUDIO 3

Synopsis

Laila memutuskan untuk melakukan perjalanan ke Pattani, salah satu dari tiga provinsi paling selatan di Thailand, untuk menemui bibinya yang telah lama hilang. Saudara laki-laki dan teman saudaranya ikut serta. Mereka bertiga berangkat dari Bangkok saat kota itu sedang mengalami konflik radikal. Berstatus sebagai orang kota membuat mereka tak menyadari terjadinya kekerasan di sekitar Pattani selama bertahun-tahun. Setelah bertemu dengan tentara mencurigakan yang dikirim untuk menumpas pemberontak, keempatnya bersama-sama mencari bibi Laila. Rute yang mereka lalui menuntun mereka ke wilayah yang sama sekali asing.

Laila sets out on a road trip to Pattani, one of the three southernmost Thai provinces, to visit her long-lost aunt. Her brother and his friend are tagging along. The three take off from Bangkok during a time when the capital is going through a radical conflict. Being the city’s citizens has prevented them from realizing much about the violent outbreaks that have been occurring around Pattani for many years. Meeting a suspicious soldier sent to fight the insurgents, the four head together to find Laila’s aunt, where the route is leading them to discover a land stranger than that they are familiar with.

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Director

Pimpaka Towira

Dikenal sebagai sutradara perempuan Thailand pertama oleh kritikus dan penonton film internasional, ia adalah perintis skena film independen Thailand sejak awal tahun 90-an. Sejak 1988 ia telah membuat sejumlah film pendek eksperimental, sebagian besar melukiskan isu perempuan, termasuk Mae Nak, sebuah dekonstruksi atas cerita hantu populer Thailand “Mae Nak Phra Kanong”.

Ia adalah direktur program Bangkok Film Festival 2001, 2008, dan 2009. Ia juga menjadi anggota juri untuk berbagai festival film seperti Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2001, Yamagata Documentary Film Festival 2005, dan Hong Kong Film Festival 2010. Pimpaka memenangkan Silapathorn Award (penghargaan bagi seniman kontemporer Thailand) pada tahun 2009 dari Kementerian Kebudayaan Thailand.

Recognised as the first female Thai director to be noticed by international viewers and critics, she is a pioneer on the Thai independent film scene since the early ’90s. Since 1988 she has made a number of experimental short films, mostly depicting women’s issues, including, Mae Nak, a deconstruction of the popular Thai ghost story “Mae Nak Phra Kanong”.

She was the program director for the Bangkok Film Festival 2001, 2008, and 2009. Moreover, she was invited as a jury member for many film festivals such as Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in 2001, Yamagata Documentary Film Festival in 2005, and Hong Kong Film Festival in 2010. Pimpaka won the Silapathorn Award (an honour for Thai contemporary artists) in 2009, presented by the Ministry of Culture in Thailand.

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