UNREAL FOREST

By Jakrawal NILTHAMRONG

EXTRA VIRGIN - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2009

A meta-fiction about a young Zambian filmmaker and his film.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • THAILAND
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, THAI
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jakrawal NILTHAMRONG
    • Writer(s)
    • Jakrawal NILTHAMRONG
    • Synopsis
    • Deep in the middle of an African forest, Tamaya, a shaman who can connect to the dark side, is paddling on a canoe across a big river, heading towards an unknown land. His body is covered in white powder – the one used in holy rites. At the shore, Lunggeaw, a 60-year-old man is waiting for him. They head towards a small village where Lunggeaw’s son is lying sick from a mysterious illness.
      Tamaya promises the old man to find a way to cure his son. He covers the white magic powder on the sick boy’s body, and takes him into the woods.
      A ritual is performed in the middle of the forest to evoke the powerful spirits. But Tamaya finds out his is not able to cure the boy from the fatal illness. He tells Lunggeaw the boy has death awaiting him, but that the spirits in the woods reveals that the boy’s soul belongs to a great waterfall, and so they need to transport him there so his spirit could return to see his father again in a different form.
      The above is a story within a documentary-style film which shows Zambian independent filmmakers working hard to finish a film under severe limitations in terms of filmmaking resources as well as their own cinematic expertise. They have to make this film from the story written by Thai filmmakers – a process set up by Dutch project initiators, looking to discover new cinematic gems from Africa.
      Through the process of the film-making, the ancient folklores and Zambian filmmakers’ struggles are taking the viewers on a journey, tracing back to the historical roots connecting Africa and Asia in a never-before imagined way.
    • Partners & financing
    • Hubert Bals Fund, International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
      Vilole Image Productions, Zambia
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