Set in the deep South of Thailand, where separatist violence has claimed nearly 7,000 lives in the past 13 years, The Island Funeral is a meditation on faith, identity and a place uncharted by any map. Laila, with her brother and his friend, head from Bangkok on a thousand-kilometer road trip to Pattani. Along the way they meet Surin, a soldier from the Northeast. Together they journey into the southernmost part of the country in search of lost history and half-remembered memories.
In the words of the director, The Island Funeral is “about everybody who is looking for their ideal world amidst the conflicts of the internal clash in their past and memories.” Shot on 16mm, The Island Funeral is the winner of the Best Asian Future Film Award, 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize, the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival and Best Cinematographer, and Asian New Talent Awards, 19th Shanghai International Film Festival, and Silver Hanoman Award, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016. The director, Pimpaka Towira, is a pioneer on the Thai independent film scene.
A story like a realistic dream by a filmmaker genuinely involved with the problems of her politically divided country, a country that is a tourist paradise but also on the brink of civil war. The protagonist is Laila, a young woman who travels from Bangkok for family reasons to the deep south of the province of Pattani. She does not go on her own, but with her brother and a friend. On the way, they pick up a soldier. Pattani is torn by a rebellion that has been dragging on for years and has cost thousands of lives. The Island Funeral is certainly also a road movie, with the symbolism that belongs to the genre: the real journey represents an inner journey. The film is the opposite of a political pamphlet. It tries to provide insight into the memories-in-the-making of a generation that has to find its way in a country that hides great confusion behind a smile. The journey does not end in paradise, but it does end in a wondrous world.
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