Banned in his home country, this documentary by young filmmaker Nontawat Numbenchapol is a crude and experiential gaze at the latent conflict on the border between Thailand and Cambodia.
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Boundary. The silent violence between Thailand and Cambodia
The 2011 New Year celebration at the Ratchaprasong Junction in Bangkok.
This is where demonstrators’ protests were violently crushed a few months earlier, with more than 100 people ending up dead.
It was there that the conflict between the largely rural “red shirts” and the more affluent, royalist “yellow shirts” escalated. How did this come to pass?
Filmmaker Nontawat Numbenchapol came across young soldier Aod by chance, who had just completed his military service, and asked if he could accompany the soldier on his way home.
Aod’s village is on the border to Cambodia and near the Hindu temple of Prasat Preah
Vihea, which both countries claim as their own. Here too, a violent conflict is smouldering.