Can’t wait to get the chance to view Sawan Baan Na (Agrarian Utopia), directed by Uruphong Raksasad. Unfortunately, there are no plans to screen it down here in the South of Thailand, so I guess I’ll just have to be on the lookout for the DVD release. The UNESCO-award winning film takes a glimpse into the lives of Thai rice farmers and the hardships they face. Looks to contain a riveting storyline and incredible cinematography. Definitely a must see. The synopsis of the film is as follows:
Facing seizure of their own lands, two families found themselves farming together on the same field, hoping to get through just another rice-farming season like every year. But no matter how much the world is evolving, how much the country is going through economic, political and social changes, they still cannot grasp that ideology of happiness.
How can we dream of utopia while our stomach is still grumbling?
Sawan Baan Na (Agrarian Utopia); Extra Virgin, 2010