Thai title: ผู้บ่าวไทบ้าน 2 ตอน แจกข้าวหาแม่ใหญ่แดง
English title: E-san new old songs
Thai movie E-san new old songs / ผู้บ่าวไทบ้าน 2 ตอน แจกข้าวหาแม่ใหญ่แดง was released in year 2016. It lasts 1h57mn. The movie is shot in Isan region. The movie is featured in Lao language and includes Thai subtitles. Daeng, a mother (แม่ใหญ่แดง), wishes that her daughter Pranee gives birth to her child in Isan instead of going overseas as suggested by her foreign husband. To find an excuse for her daughter to stay, the mother organise a feast to do blessings for herself and the local ancestors (งานใหญ่ทำบุญอุทิศ). Arguments between the mother and foreign son-in-law happens, i.e. having Molam music or outdoor movie at the feast. The mother Daeng needs to find an orchestra to perform Molam music but the usual Molam orchestra in the village doesn't exist anymore. Kaen (เคน) is a young Thai man fan of Korean music or K-Pop. The former orchestra leader Lung (พ่อคูณ) refuses to train Kaen as Molam leading singer (พระเอกหมอลำ). Nevertheless Lung still wants to recreate an old Molam group. A few young girls including Wan (วรรณ), aware of this, ask to join Lung's Molam group. Women, talking together, complain about Thai men drinking compared to foreigners. Children will have also a nicer face (หน้าตาดี) also! This movie features Molam Traditions passed to younger generation. Romance starts between Kaen, fan of K-Pop, and Isan girl Wan, fan of Molam. Wan is willing to stay here and doesn't want to go to Bangkok to work. The father doesn't want his daughter to become Molam singer so he plans to send her to Bangkok to work with her aunt. Misunderstanding happens as Kaen carries Som, another young lady, who is injured at the foot. Disappointed, Wan plans to go to Bangkok. Similar to movie สวรรค์บ้านนา (1983), Kaen sings a song to show his love to Fan live on the local radio station. They get reunited. Big molam orchestra (ถอกคูน เสียงแคน) is finally featured at the festival organised by Daeng. Both Kaen and Fan are the main singers. Once all youngsters are gone, only old ladies remain in Isan villages...
Thai title: เทริด
English title: Terd
Director: Ekkachai Srivichai
Main actor: Ekkachai Srivichai,Vinai Kraibutr
Thai movie เทริด was released in year 2016 and lasts 1h39mn. A father Satta (Ekkachai Srivichai), almost blind, is a Manora teacher (ครู). He gives high respect to the Manora crown (เทริด). He has serious arguments with his son Sing as this one prefers guitar to Manora art (มโนราห์) and doesn't involve in heritage transmission. The son finally quits the home. Sing survives by playing music on the street and joins a group. He meets a young lady called Saithip, who is a Manora / Nora (โนราห์) dancer. Saithip's mother Mae Duangjai would like to marry her daughter to a rich man but she refuses. Meanwhile Sing also refuses to go back with his father. This causes a malaise and the father ends up at hospital. The father of the fiance Prap is Vinai Kraibutr. He is involved in dirty business. If everybody thinks same as Sing, only the name of Manora art will remain. Romance starts with Saithip but Sing gets punched by the father and slapped by mother as Saithip is going to marry soon Prap. The father Satta is getting sicker but still has to perform as the troupe is lacking money. Two ladies, part of his troupe, now are coyote dancers as it brings more money. Sing learns Thai boxing to be able to defend himself. Things get worse as Sing punches Prap trying to kidnap Saithip. A friend reminds Satta that a body can be raised but a heart cannot be raised (ตัวเลี้ยงได้ หัวใจเลี้ยงไม่ได้). As the father is very sick, Sing goes back home and accepts to be a Norah dancer (หนีโนราห์ไม่ได้). Prap and his father still chase Sing and Saithip. As Saithip is pregnant with Sing, the father Vinai accepts to cancel the wedding but his son Prap remains unhappy. A “Wat Takae” ceremony (crowning initiation ceremony) is happening with Sing to be certified as Manora leader by wearing the Manora crown. Satta is transmitting the power and knowledge of Manora tradition to his son Sing. Vinai is also watching proudly the ceremony. The movie ends up tragically with Prap, as a masked killer, shooting Sing, while he receives the crown. The father Vinai shoots Prap unaware that the man behind the mask is his own son. Vinai becomes a monk. A long story unifies Satta and Vinai. Satta married Vinai’s former girlfriend, a Nora dancer, who was pregnant. Sing was in fact Vinai’s son. Saithip transmits Nora traditional to her young son... Ekkachai Srivichai is a famous singer from the South of Thailand. His songs are often sad romances. His movie shows the great culture of Manora art and spirit possession.
Thai title: กลัว
English title: The Story
Thai short film กลัว / The Story was released in year 2016 on YouTube and on Thai TV NBT ช่อง 11. It lasts 32 minutes and is based on a real story. Sa, a young Muslim teen living in Pattani, is in grade ม.6. Her mother is working in Malaysia. Sa needs to stop her study and to find a job as her family is poor. She was mainly raised by her grandparents. Due to insurrection in South of Thailand, insecurity and fear (กลัว) are always present. One day, she carries a small boy injured during a bombing. She finally gets a chance to go to university (ได้ทุน) in Nakhon Thammarat to study medicine. Fear (ความกลัว) is present in daily life through anti-intrusion barriers in front of Buddhist temples, Thai armed soldiers controlling circulation. The university includes Buddhist and Muslim students so they have to work together and to go beyond cultural issues. Friendship can be built through love (มิตรภาพยนตร์สร้างได้และ หล่อหลอมด้วยความรัก). Both Muslim (ไทยมุสลิม) and Buddhist (ไทยพุทธ) students love the same land. One day, one of her Muslim friend's father, is killed so misunderstanding does happen again between Muslim and Buddhist students. Finally friendship is stronger than misunderstanding as Fatima is back. Nobody understand Muslims as well as another Muslim, so Sa wishes to go back to her village to take care of people by being a doctor.