is Thai film director Nontawat Numbenchapol’s debut exhibition at Gallery VER, and his first-ever large-scale installation in an on-site gallery.
Echoing the idiom that suggests shortcuts are not, always, the best way, 'The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home' reflects on the complexities of the migratory life and on its precariousness, often endeavored without legal documents. Contrary to what may have initially appeared as a shortcut to a better life, the act of crossing the border, specifically from Myanmar to Thailand in 'The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home', manifests as an unsustainable choice. Systematically marginalized, immigrants often have no other options than limited freedom, or to return to the homeland.
Focusing on Shan laborers in Chiang Mai, the ethnographical framew
ork of 'The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home' incorporates Numbenchapol’s observations and on-site research by way of unique footage shot in the inlands of Myanmar to trace the journey of a young man as he returns, after six years, to his village in the Shan State to visit his family and to process his much-needed national identity documents.
Filmed alone without accompanying crew, Numbenchapol’s footage serves as a collection of visual field notes that reveal the protagonist’s views on his migratory life, the pain of leaving behind his homeland, and his expectations while embracing a new life across the border. At the same time, the footage fuels larger questions of belonging and unbelonging to one’s own homeland and on the meaning of identity, social or otherwise, in the making of an individual.
Encompassing immersive video and sound installations, as well as photography and mixed-media works, 'The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home' aims to facilitate dialogues on contentions of inclusion, exclusion and societal acceptance across Southeast Asian borders, while also establishing the foundation for Numbenchapol’s ground research on Shan laborers in Chiang Mai for a feature-length film on the same topic.
at Gallery Ver, Bangkok, Thailand.
The photobook “in process of time” explores the process of time from past to present by means of on-site research that has been documented and made into documentary photography by Thai film director Nontawat Numbenchapol when he carried out research for his film script between 2016-2020.
The photography starts with those photographs taken from Loi Kaw Wan, the borderland between Myanmar and Northern Thailand and the military base of the Shan State Army (SSA), then followed by those taken during Shan national day celebrations in Tachileik, a border town in the Shan State of Myanmar, and finally ends with those capturing the Shan moving into Chiang Mai to live in their land of hope and dream.
Contemplating the meaning of the process of time, Nontawat addresses questions in connection with his documentary photography and explores the historical, social, political and cultural meanings behind those photographs by inviting writers, academics, and artists with passionate interest and thorough understandings of the contexts and issues to write articles.
at Daily Delay, Bangkok, Thailand.
Group exhibition: Unflattening Screening Series, include some work by Nontawat Numbenchapol _ Mr. Shadow series, 2016 -2018 at MMCA SEOUL 10.07.2020 - 20.09.2020
Unflattening Screening Series is a screening
program linked to the National Museum of Modern
and Contemporary Art’s Unflattening exhibition
that looks back on the 70th commemoration of
the Korean War, which seeks to examine the kind
of ‘face’ the Korean War is remembered by, the
traces it has left behind, and its appearance at this
point in time.
Traces of Memory, presents films in which the
current generation that have never experienced
war reconstruct the experiences and lives of
previous generations through documents, videos,
and interviews. Individual and specific characters,
who cannot be defined in any single abstract word
such as refugees, asylum seekers, veterans, war
orphans, prisoners of war, or victims of massacre,
appear in the film.
Future of the Ruins, looks into not only the trauma
of war, but also the social imbalance and strong
tension caused by the destructive phase of war,
such as the hatred against minorities, excessive
governmental authority, and the institutionalization
of military culture. The vivid aftermaths of war
remind us that wars which have not yet ended still
persist around us.
Life with Bombs, focuses on those who are
leading dangerous lives inside international conflict
zones. This bizarre repetition, which is reminiscent
of the Korean Peninsula in the 1950s, is even more
horrifying because of the reality that the images in
front of us are continuing to happen somewhere
at the present moment. But like a miracle, people
discover moments of beauty even on battlefields,
and maintain their powerful will and strength to
An Imperial Sake Cup and I @ MAIIAM, Chiangmai, THAILAND.
by Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, directed by Teerawat ‘Ka-ge’ Mulvilai,
Nontawat Numbenchaphol & Anan Krudphet.
An Imperial Sake Cup and I is a lecture performance by Dr. Charnvit Kasetsiri, a renowned historian and specialist in Southeast Asia studies. Charnvit draws a connection between his relationship with the Japanese army in his hometown Nong Pla Duk, Ban Pong, during World War II. In 1964, Crown Prince Akihito and his consort officially visited Thailand, and as a junior member of the Bangkok Municipality welcome team, Charnvit was given a royal sake cup which he has kept ever since. In this lecture performance, he traces personal and micro narratives to reflect objects and memories as well his witnessing of the global social transformation from the Japanese presence in Thailand, the Vietnam War, and the 1970s student uprising in Thailand. He juxtaposes Thailand and Japanese history and subtly unravels the comparison of these two countries. This lecture performance is co-directed by Teerawat ‘Ka-ge’ Mulvilai (performance / stage), Nonthawat Numbenchaphol and Anan Krudphet (video, moving images), and is produced by Gridthiya Gaweewong.
I am very happy to announce the official EP release of Soil Without Land (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Nannue Tipitier on iTunes and Apple Music
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at ILHAM gallery, KL Malaysia. Program a weekend of film to accompany their upcoming "Fractures and Fictions" exhibition.
is about to have it's Korean premiere at the DMZ ?????????? DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, Asian Competition section this September!
Opening film at SAC Asian Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand.
Thai Pitch at Cannes
Soil Without Land, a new feature documentary by Nontawat Numbenchapol (Boundary, By The River) will premiere in the international competition section at Visions du Réel one of the oldest renown documentary film festivals in the world.
A Visitor to the Forest - Screening Program at TENT
a piece from Doi project shown at appearing unannounced, is a group exhibition based on the idea of change, inconsistency and transition within the structure of a space.
venue : Rirkrit Tiravanija's studio at Tambon Nam-bo-luang, Chiangmai.
Screening at Queer Film Festival, ?Bangkok
Screening in Queer vision program at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.
is joining ‘The Lancang-Mekong Anthropology Documentary Forum and Workshop’ in Yunnan, China. I’m honored to be invited to join the forum at Yunnan University
From the very first day that I started this project, I was dreaming that it can find some ways to be be developed. But I never thought that it could go this far; to be selected to the big markets in Busan, Berlinale, and Cannes.
As for the market, there will be a table for us. Then comes with the meetings with people who are interested in our project, whether they are international producers, or sales agents. If we are agreed, they will help us to apply our project to their regional funding further.
For each market, we have around 30 meetings in total. So I think maybe I pitch for DOI BOY for about 100 times already! (and why not?) Each time takes about 30 mins. In the beginning, I felt a bit confused and not sure how to explain things. But now I feel as if I can pitch automatically and fluently.
As for Cannes, I had a good chance to meet George, who is a selection committee for L'Atelier, at APM, Busan. George made an appointment with us because he likes my previous documentary, BY THE RIVER, and he asked us to send the script. After he takes time for a reading, he skyped with us and asked about things. And he eventually advised us that DOI BOY is the first project to be selected for this edition.
Cannes L'Atelier select projects from worldwide, with no limited to any specific region or amount of previous works from the director. 15 projects will be selected for participant. This is to encourage upcoming projects to have more chances to be completed.
I'm really exited as I've never been to Cannes before. Who knows what's gonna happen!
For more information: http://bit.ly/2F9atml
You can watch #BKKY on GILOO (Only in Taiwan.)
Curated Screening Programme
DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia
Curator : Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani
At Screening room, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand
In line with the curatorial focus of DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia, a group exhibition of contemporary art from Southeast Asia about the movement of people in the region since the Vietnam War, and its related aspects of migration, displacement, return, and hybridity, and in support of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum’s dedication to research and education, we are pleased to present a specially curated screening programme on 14 and 15 April. Comprising three works spanning short- and feature-length films, and a documentary, produced by independent filmmakers and artists, this selection addresses concerns of belonging, border crossing, and otherness in the diasporic journey through various visual narratives.
The screening will start at 3 pm on both days at the museum theatre.
No Boys Land be heading to Nyon, Switzerland for Visions du Reel, one of the most prestigious documentary festivals in Europe. My upcoming documentary project No Boys Land is part of Pitching du Reel. Yup, I have to pitch again there! ; P
My friend Kavich Neang's new documentary project LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING it also there for Docs in progress.
March 2018 - March 2019
In light of the current interest in global migration and displacement compelled by humanitarian crises worldwide, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum is proud to present DIASPORA: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia, a group exhibition of contemporary art from Southeast Asia that considers the recent and ongoing movement of people within and away from the region since the outbreak of the Vietnam War, and its related aspects of migration, displacement, return, and hybridity.
Taking the artworks as a starting point in engaging with historical or autobiographical accounts of the diaspora experience, the exhibition also draws attention to the act of crossing the permeable, geopolitical borders that punctuate Southeast Asia. These are the borders that are repeatedly crossed, lawfully or illicitly, by a great number of people whose lives and identities may be configured by mobility and social exclusion.
Curator : Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani
March - May 2018
I’m very happy to open 2018 with much warm news, even in cold Berlin in February: 2 new projects are participating in events there.
One is my doc “No Boys Land” in the Berlinale Talents and the other one is “Doi Boy” in the Berlinale Co-Production Market, this is the one of biggest market and I’m so surprised!!!
Steve Chen and Bow Supatcha, my looking good producers, will go to present Doi Boy for me, thanks to Goethe Institute & Tokyo Talents, for supporting flight for us to follow our dreams.
And warmth to the team of Anti-Archive for always having my back.
Equally excited to share the Southeast Asian warmth with many friends in both events, including Bradley Liew, Bianca Balbuena, and Jeremy Chua project in the market.
See you in Berlin.
for more details.
Screening at Queer Momenti a queer films from Thailand!
Off to Singapore with 2 new works from the Doi Project.¬†
NO BOYS LAND, my new feature documentary and the research for Doi Boy, is participating at The South East Asian Film Financing Project Market. I'll be there with¬†Dew Napattaloong¬†my talented young producer.
Bow Supatcha -¬†Very excited to attend Busan Asian Film School (AFiS) next year. I wish to grab this opportunity to develop DOI BOY further. Big hugs to my DOI BOY's team¬†Nontawat Numbenchapol¬†and¬†Steve Chen, and also to all¬†Mobile Lab¬†and¬†Anti-Archive¬†friends. Thanks¬†Aditya Assarat¬†and¬†Pimpaka Towira¬†very much for the support.
Bow Supatcha - Woohoo~ Just received the special mention award from the¬†Talents Tokyo. Yeahhh~ This award is also to my DOI BOY's team¬†Nontawat Numbenchapol¬†and¬†Steve Chen. Also thanks to my¬†Anti-Archive¬†friends who always give us big support.
For the past week, I really really had a good time and felt so warm-welcomed. I learnt a lot from the experts, and got many talented friends here. Hope we can walk through this filmmaking journey together and keep in touch. I really hope to come back here again with our film soon¬†ūüėČ
Also,¬†congrats¬†to¬†Zoro Zolush¬†who won the Talents Tokyo award. I really root for your project!
for more details :†https://seacurrents.org/programme/film-screenings/
is Selected at Tokyodocs.
and big¬†Congrats¬†to Flickering Lights and The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil for your awards!
"No Boys Land" my new documentary project (research for my first fiction Doi Boy) is Selected at the Docs Port Incheon 2017 for Asian Project Pitch (A-Pitch)
Docs Port Incheon†aims to introduce, support and promote Asian documentary projects and to provide a range of opportunities and business networking for documentary professionals, and is returning to Incheon after a successful third international edition last year. It is organized by Incheon Film Commission under the sponsorship of Incheon Metropolitan City. Incheon is Korea‚Äôs third most populous city, close to Seoul, and is a gateway city to Asia.
This special screening at New Narative Film Festival seeks to place a spotlight on identity issues faced by young people in Bangkok, Thailand, and by extension, young people all over the world.
#BKKY, a 2016 film directed by Nontawat Numbenchapol, delves into the world of Bangkok teens discovering and grappling with their gender identities. Their experiences and feelings can speak to us all: in a time of extreme polarization, marked by a conflict between progressive values and stubbornly social taboos, young people find themselves mired in a confusing landscape when it comes to ethnicity, politics and gender.
Here in Taiwan, the screening of #BKKY offers an opportunity for reflection. Although Taiwan is Asia's first country to legalize gay marriage, the question of whether "true freedom" exists for the LGBTQIA community remains just that: a question that still needs to be explored with depth and sensitivity.
After the screening, all are encouraged to stay and enjoy the afterparty. DJ David Geer from Germany will provide improvised electronica music to accompany a screening of another short film by Numbenchapol, "Skateboarding."
curated by Nontawat Numbenchapol for Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg ‚Äď International Queer Film Festival
After launching in 1998 as Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP), it has grown into the biggest and most important pre-market in Asia. In 2011, it was renamed as Asian Project Market and has been successfully delivering its role as cradle of creativity.
Each year APM discovers fresh feature film projects ranging from big-scale commercial film projects to low-budget indies and links them with global film investors, producers and distributors. Numerous APM projects have already made it through to completion and received positive responses from both film festivals and international audiences. As such, APM continues to earn greater interest from filmmakers around the world.
The 21st Asian Project Market will take place for three days on October 7-9, 2018. Please feel free to contact APM team for any inquiries about participation in APM as project team or industry guest.
MMCA Film & Video (MFV) presented the Asian Film and Video Art Forum (AFVAF) in collaboration with Hand-made film lab SPACE CELL in 2015. The first edition of AFVAF was co-curated by seven curators in Asia to introduce works by artists based in Asia and to seek original discussions. The participating curators decided that there was no necessary reason to bring togetherfilms or moving images under the name of the Asian continenton the grounds of regional affinity. However, we also had to admit that there was indeed, although intangible, a sense of similarity among the artists. With the ambitions of the curators who are willing to introduce and share the currents in Asian film and video art, MFV decided to host this forum as a biennial program with anticipation of developing it into a sustained field of discourse.
Screening at Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, USA. Featuring a panel discussion with Dr. Wiworn Kesavatana.
No Boys Land is a new documentary project by myself that started as a research project for my first fully fiction film, DOI BOY
The project has been selected for Docs By The Sea Pitching Forum.
It tells the story of Jai Sang Lod, a young boy who grew up in the highlands of the Zomia region, in the buffer state bordering Thailand and Myanmar. The buffer state is known as the Shan State, a territory which all that seeks refuge must submit to the Shan State Army for the liberation of Shan people from the Myanmar government.
Docs By The Sea is an international documentary forum for creative documentary projects with the focus of Southeast Asia. It is an excellent platform to network, obtain industry insights, and get your projects funded and distributed.
Thirty documentary projects will be selected to pitch. More than twenty five international decision makers are invited to provide feedback and to consider collaborations with selected projects.
Screening at 13 Onternational Conference on Thai Studies, Chiangmai, Thailand.
won the Purin Award at the close of Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC).
To think about the first day I started to make films until these days, it is about 10 years already. I look around my circle and see some friends at the same age had families and houses already. As for me, at this age, I wanted to buy health insurance and fix the house for my mom. The thing is when I look back, I feel like I have nothing, but only the films I made.¬†
I feel so grateful to be able to participate the¬†SEAFIC¬†script lab. Those deadlines help push the project to be developed with good pace. Having such a good mentor like¬†Franz Rodenkirchen¬†, who always tries to understand our script deeply and gives an advice in the way that focuses on our main idea, makes it much more easier to improve our script dramatically. When I read the script and shared opinions with talented friends like¬†Chris Yeo,¬†Sivaroj Karn Kongsakul,¬†Pham Ngoc Lan, and¬†Nicole Midori Woodford, they are very open-minded that we can review each other‚Äôs work more freely. They point out things that I‚Äôve never seen in the script before. Besides sharing ideas, our friendship can also heal my loneliness and make me realise that I‚Äôm not alone in this journey. We all share the same dream of making films.
In terms of producing, we received professional consolation and eventually found solutions to the problems that we‚Äôre always curious about. This process makes our team,¬†Steve Chen¬†and¬†Bow Supatcha, clearly see the path that we are walking forward to. And we always feel the love and friendship from¬†Anti-Archive, which is¬†Chou Davy,¬†Park Sungho,¬†Daniel Mattes,¬†Kavich Neang,¬†Danech San,¬†Kanitha Tith, and¬†Douglas Seok. They‚Äôre always be there through all good times and bad times, with lots of hugs and smiles.
Last but not least. I wanted to thank you¬†Raymond Phathanavirangoon¬†and¬†Visra Vichit-Vadakan¬†that makes the¬†SEAFIC¬†lab happened. For the past 8 months, it was such a precious experience for me and gave me strength to walk this path further. We really appreciated to receive the Purin award, and will definitely keep on pushing this project. And we hope that SEAFIC will continue to give us strength and hope for ASEAN filmmakers like I used to receive before. I feel like I can escape from the current situation that when I make a film, people in my country would not understand, believe, or give supports that much.
Nontawat's screening lecture with an excerpt from his research for DOI BOY. This another side project is called No boys Land.
The exhibition¬†2 or 3 Tigers, which will be accompanied by the public program¬†Flights from the Empire, taking place on June 17th¬†and 18th, 2017. The program is co-curated by Anselm Franke, Hyunjin Kim and David Teh.
The contributions of the program will explore the strategies of resistance against imperial and national structures in Asia while expounding on the genesis of state structures, national borders and capitalist economies and their relationship with indigenous cultures and identity constructs. The weekend takes its cue from James C. Scott's book The Art of Not Being Governed, which focuses on the historically instable rule of nation states and empires in highlands of mainland Southeast Asia. Following a keynote by James C. Scott, we want to explore the ambiguous role of imperialism, statehood in relation to minorities, as well as various historical and contemporary strategies of evasion and "flight from empire".
Anti-Archive's¬†Steve Chen¬†will participate in¬†EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs)¬†TTB Ties That Bind¬†in Udine, Italy, representing DOI BOY, the first narrative feature film from the young, award-winning Thai director¬†Nontawat Numbenchapol, currently in development. The program, organized alongside the¬†udine FAR EAST FILM festival, brings together ten selected producers, five from Asia and five from Europe, for a five-day development workshop. Anti-Archive is co-producing DOI BOY alongside the Thai film production company¬†Mobile Lab, represented by¬†Bow Supatcha.
GLITCH Film Festival, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
won Jury Award for the best feature film at Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hanburg, German.
Jury consisting of Njoki Ngumi (The Nest Collective/Kenya)/ Saadat Munir (Film Festival Programmer Copenhagen/Pakistan), Marit √Ėstberg (Artist Sweden/Berlin)
is my first project that is pure fiction, no documentary included. And now it is officially selected to be a part of SEAFIC! I would like to say thank you to all of my team for the support. Thanks to Steve Chen and Bow Supatcha for always taking care of the project in the part of main producing very closely. Thanks to Anti-Archive , Chou Davy, Kavich Neang, Park Sungho. Thanks to 185 Film, Beae Paosrijaroen and Thongdee Sukhum for the advice and support. Thanks to Rimvydas Leipus for trusting in the project and accepting to be the DOP. Thanks to Samak Kosem for the research and inspiration.
And most of all, thanks to Raymond Phathanavirangoon and SEAFIC's team for giving me an inspiration and power to write and make this project happen. Receiving this selection makes DOI BOY come closer to reality, not just a dream anymore.
Screening @ ť¶ôśłĮšļěśī≤ťõĽŚĹĪÁĮÄ Hong Kong Asian Film Festival.
Screening @ Q CINEMA Manila Philippines.
On the Rise : New Faces of Southeast Asian Cinema
8 Oct / 17.30 @ Busan Cinema Center
Screening @ Áē∂šĽ£śēėšļčŚĹĪŚĪē‚ÄĒťāäÁēĆ„ÉĽšłĖÁēĆ New Narratives Film Festival
21-30 October 2016 in Taipei.
Screening @ Rooftop Institute Hongkong.
NOW AVAILABLE ON VIMEO ON DEMAND.
Gaze & Hear
Show in a group exhibition "A BRIEF HISTORY OF MEMORY" at The 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art Strategic Projects.
By the River
Screening , incompetition Human Right Dignity International Film Festival, Yangon, Myanmar.
Screening, incompetition Human Right Dignity International Film Festival, Yangon, Myanmar.
Gaze & Hear
a group show"Chapter 3, State of Being New Videoart From Thailand" at XXX Gallery, Hongkong.
By the River
back to The River 04.04.14
"It was the most impressive screening in my life, it was like a dream that I've been imagining about. Thank you everyone who involved with this movie and everyone who made this screening happened.
I was so happy until I didn't want to come back to the city."
Nontawat Numbenchapol, Director
Except the premiere screening of 'By the River' at Lower Klity village where the documentary was shot, there were also other event such as merit making for Karen ancestors, the discussion about the progress of Klity creek rehabilitation after the judgement was handed down by The Supreme Administrative Court last year and the blessing ceremony for the creek.
In the evening, audiences from Lower Klity village and outside watched 'By the River' together and joined the talk after the movie.
Nontawat said he wants to see the 16 years struggle of Klity villagers becoming an inspiration for people who are fighting for human rights and social justice, not only in Thailand but also other places in the world.
received a Young Director award in Bangkok Critics Assembly Awards, Tailand.
By the River
Screening at Festival dei popoli, Florence, Italy in FAR FROM UTOPIA section.
screening at Budapest, Hungary in Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
By the River
in the main competition of the SalaMindanaw International Film Festival, Philippine.
By the River
will competed for the New Talent Award @ Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2013 (HKAFF).
is going to International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) screening in a special themed programme titled Emerging Voices from Southeast Asia.
International Competition at Yamagata¬†International Documentary¬†Film¬†Festival, Japan 2013.
which won Arts Network Asia (ANA) 2011 Awardees.