Synopsis: A floating village of small bamboo houseboats on Thailand’s western border has been home to a group of Myanmar refugees for so many years that there is almost a generation separating them and their homeland. The children of these families were born stateless and Thailand’s legal framework does not grant them much freedom, rights or hope. Stuck and without a way out, these refugees fall victim to a cycle of exploitation and the squandering of human potential.
Festivals & Awards: Bangkok Doc (2020) – Best Thai Documentary; EIDF (2021) – Korea
Director Statement: The global refugee crisis is one that has become entrenched, across continents. It is easy for refugees to become an afterthought when they have remained in one place for so long, with their human rights and the value of their lives forgotten. The stories of this small group of refugees living on a dam reservoir spurred something in me and I returned later to film this documentary.
Obtaining citizenship is truly a ‘golden ticket’ for them, freeing them from adversity and opening up so many opportunities. It’s like a destination they cannot quite see but never stop moving toward.