Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2010 Projects

2010 Script Development Fund Projects

Project Departure Day
Category AFA Project
Project Departure Day
Director Phuttiphong AROONPHENG
Country Thailand
Director's Profile Phuttiphong Aroonpheng was born in Bangkok in 1976. He is particularly interested in avant-garde and experimental film. In 2007, his experimental film project We all know each other was supported by Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and Irish Museum of Modern Art. Phuttiphng’s films have been showed at both international film festivals and art exhibitions, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2009), International Short Film Festival Hamburg, 25Fps Croatia, Singapore International Short Film Festival, Asian gallery 4A Sydney, Silverlens gallery Philippines and many others. Also, he had worked as a cinematographer together with well-known directors including Nick Deocampo, Kongkiat Khomsiri and Pimpaka Towira. Recently, his new film project Departure Day has been supported by Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture of Thailand and also won award for the script development in the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) of Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea.
A stateless, pregnant young woman's husband goes missing while crossing the river between Thailand and Myanmar to get her to a small and temporary Refugee Camp hospital. Another woman, working with an aid group, is hospitalized alongside her for exhaustion and depression while mourning the loss of her newborn infant. They learn each other's stories, and form an empathetic relationship. A nearly dead man washes ashore far to the south, and is rescued and befriended by a lonely, good-hearted fisherman whose wife has recently run away. They help each other and begin to bond, through a long process of learning new routines, as the mute stranger recovers.
Director's Note
The theme is the obscurity of identity, in the face of the fundamental right that all people have to inhabit their own identity, whether it be on an official ID card or not. Everyone exists in the same world, and a single name can be shared by many, whether they be a refugee, a newborn baby, an unknown stranger, or even a celebrity.
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