Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2008 Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund

Project Path of Anna
Category PanStar Fund
Project Path of Anna
Director Riyo NAOI
Country Japan/Thailand
Director's Profile Born in 1970 in Ibaraki, Japan. After graduating in 1997 from Washington State University with an MA in Communications, she joined Asia Press International. She has been living in Thailand since 1999. Her first feature-length documentary, [Yesterday Today Tomorrow](2005) was invited to several film festivals including the 2005 Bangkok International Film Festival, the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and the 2006 Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival. Currently, she is making her second feature-length documentary in Thailand.
 
Synopsis
Infected with HIV from her ex-husband, Anna meets Pom and marries him. The couple sell eggs at the morning market everyday to earn their living. During the daytime, Anna will take care of the village’s HIV-positive orphans together with Pom. With mutual moral support from and to other HIV-positive friends and family, Anna tries to live her best out of every precious second, and never gives up her hope for tomorrow. One day in the 10th year of the new family life, Anna’s symptoms suddenly develop and bring her a long, serious illness. After recovering, Anna confronts a conflict with her teenager daughter and realizes how tough it is to be a mother.
Director's Note
A mother who talks about reality and practical things with her child, the love between a mother and a daughter, the touch and the hug, the connection in the family and in society... All these essential things that are gradually fading away from us in modern society still exist here in Northern Thailand. This is not a film about AIDS. It is a story about the life of a mother and a daughter that portrays the "Joy and Sorrow" of a mother through the lifestyle of one woman. "Cheers to mommy!"
Festivals
2009 Pusan International Film Festival - Wide Angle
2009 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival - New Docs Japan
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