Agrarian Utopia

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Thailand / 122 mins / World Premiere – 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam

Directed by Uruphong Raksasad / Extra Virgin

Awards

Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2009

NETPAC Special Mention Award, 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009

Special Mention Award, 11th Barcelona Asian Film Festival 2009

NETPAC Award , 18th Brisbane International Film Festival 2009

Golden Hanoman & NETPAC Awards, 4th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2009

Best Narrative Film, 13th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2010

Special Jury Award, Millenium International Documentary Film Festival 2010

Green Chilies Award (Best Film), Asian Hot Shot Berlin Festival 2010

Grand Prize, 19th Earth Vision Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival 2010

!f Inspired Award, Most Inspired Director (Best Film) , !f Istanbul Film Festival 2010

Synopsis

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?

Director’s Statement

Apart from filmmaking, what interests me to an equal extent is agriculture. I feel it is among mankind’s most noble professions.

To compare, in agriculture we get to produce food from the soil for direct consumption, while other occupations only produce us income for buying food.

Modern agriculture is facing problems on many levels, from land ownership to national policy’s focus on economic growth and international competition. What are all these for ultimately? I wonder if globalization forces today have become much more powerful than national governments. I don’t know where it will take US Stories from the north

Director’s Biography

Born in 1977 to a farming family in the district of Terng – 60 kilometres from Chiang Rai, northern part of Thailand, Uruphong Raksasad came to Bangkok for the first time when he was 18 to further his study at Thammasat University’s Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communications, where he majored in film and photography. After graduation in 2000, he had worked as a film editor and post-production supervisor for several Thai feature films. Since 2004, he left quietly from the industry and has tried to achieve his grassroots filmmaking through the story from his home village.

Filmography:

Features

2005 STORIES FROM THE NORTH

Shorts

1999 MARCH OF TIME

2005 THE WAY

2005 THE LONGEST DAY

2005 THE HARVEST

2007 THE ROCKET

2007 THE PLANET