Thai title: ครูจันทร์แรม ประทีปแห่งลุ่มแม่น้ำสาย
Director: Phan Kam
Main actor: Santisuk Promsiri,Suchao Pongwilai,Rong Kaomulkadee
Main actress: Jintara Sookkapat
Thai movie ครูจันทร์แรม ประทีปแห่งลุ่มแม่น้ำสาย was released in year 1992 and lasts 1h57mn. It was released under VCD format by Solar company. A remastered version was released by Five Star Production (ไฟว์สตาร์โปรดักชั่น) in the decade 2010s and shown on Thai TV cable. Movie director is Phan Kam. Based on a true story, a young girl decides to become a teacher at 15 years old in order to promote reading awareness among mountain villagers, who cannot go to school as they are not recognized as Thai citizens. She also convinced local poor parents that children are not goods to be sold and not to listen to Bangkokians that promise false job offers. She also convinced villagers not to use drugs and young girls not to enter the flesh trade. Being a child in a poor family, Chan Raem performs very well at school and still helps her parents at home. Chan Raem sees the social issues faced by villagers, i.e. drugs selling, middle age lady trying to convince young girls to go working in Bangkok as masseuses (หมอนวด). Middle age lady uses sweet words such as gratitude (บุญคุณ) towards parents, promise of easy job, easy money. Her best friend Kam Kaew finally goes to Bangkok due to necessity (ความจำเป็น). Chan Raem cannot go to the next school level as her parents are poor. Seeing that mountain villagers' children cannot study, she decides to help. She doesn't get help from local authorities, so she does it by herself. Her father (Suchao Pongwilai) borrows 5,000 THB to help her. Local people should have knowledge and be able to read in order not to be abused by Bangkok people. Free school is open for mountain people's children and Chan Raem's parents are preparing the food for lunch time. As the number of children increases dramatically, it costs too much for the parents to bear the cost by themselves. Chan Raem convinces mountain villagers to help 1 THB a day to buy food. Rong Kaomulkadee pushes other villagers to accept. Time passes and Chan Raem becomes an adult and is played by Jintara Sookkapat. She gets help and support from her friend Santisuk Promsiri. Trees are planted. Kam Kaew is back and believes she has made the right choice to go to Bangkok. Chan Raem notices that many adults get lied to as they often sign debt contracts without reading the terms. Chan Raem invites adults to join evening lessons. Kam Kaew is back again from Bangkok. Despite having built a nice house, she has to live outside in a shack. Chan Raem learns she has AIDS stage 3 and will die soon. Her relatives reject her. Meanwhile, traffickers force young ladies to go to Bangkok as their parents sign a contract. Kam Kaew dies. Chan Raem makes an emotional speech to all parents if having a fridge is worth their child's life. Parents promise to reject traffickers. Understanding the risk caused by Chan Raem, traffickers try to oppose Chan Raem and local administration. Ruffians even mention to Thai Police that Chan Raem is running an illegal school (โรงเรียนเถื่อน). Ruffians put pressure by asking the father to pay back his debts immediately. Traffickers try to foul teacher Chan Raem by hiding drugs in the school but they are caught on time. The leader has to flee. Finally, Chan Raem's efforts are recognised. It appears in newspapers and Bangkok Bank sends a delegation to give clothes. The movie ends up as Chan Raem is going to Bangkok to get her price.
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