Thai title: เพลงของข้าว
English title: The songs of rice
Director: Uruphong Raksasad
Thai movie เพลงของข้าว / The songs of rice was released in year 2014 and lasts 1h15mn. This movie has also been registered as National Heritage per the 2016 list released by the Thai Film Archive. That is a big achievement as it was only released two years before. Director is Uruphong Raksasad. Two rice farmers see a procession from far away. A father and his two young sons are preparing the rice fields by using a buffalo. Farmers are working hard under the rain to plant the rice seedlings. Local festivals related to rice are then taking place during the year such as Chonburi buffalo race in east of Thailand or Nora dances in south of Thailand. Food preparation and dances always have a big part in Thai traditional festivals. Rice harvest and threshing do happen. Rats are caught up during harvest and are barbecued. Donation of money or rice bag is done during Buddhist festivals (ทำบุญ). There is even a rice goddess festival. Festivals do happen after the rice harvest period. Many festivals have fertility aspects related to man / woman, water / soil / rice. The movie shows the famous Rocket Festival featuring rockets launch in the clouds to bring rain to fertilize the fields. Donation to ancestors and food offering to monks are occurring during Buddhist festivals. Rice is always offered to monks as it is basis of Thai food. Rice is also offered to ancestors. The movie features great music composed by Thai composer วุฒิพงศ์ ลี้ ตระกูล. But wind going through rice fields is the real song of rice... It is the last part of a trilogy started with Stories from the North / เรื่องเล่าจากเมืองเหนือ (2005) and Agrarian Utopia. The third part of the trilogy is much shorter, i.e. 75 minutes but the movie picture remains as great as in the previous episodes.
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