Reanglao Jak Meangnue

Stories form the North
by Uruphong Raksasad
Country: Thailand
Year: 2005
Duration: 87'

The film is a collection of 9 short stories that take place in Lanna, a small town in Northern Thailand. The stories are about an old man, an old woman, a child, a rice farmer and a water buffalo, the only inhabitants of the village because the young people have all gone to live and work in the big cities or abroad. Like many other developing countries, Thailand is coming into contact with capitalism and is losing its ancient traditions.

I didn’t said we don’t need capitalism, but not too much. We must balance ourselves, have a consciousness to confront it and finding the right way. About this crisis I can’t do so much. The best thing that I can do is making movie to show the ways of life that use to be in Lanna. When I was a boy I used to live in farm with water buffalo, I heard the music from somewhere in the field and saw a funeral caravan, I went to harvesting with my mother and sometime I lost in a tall grass field. I just want to show you that once upon a time these things happened.” (U. Raksasad)


film director

Uruphong Raksasad

Uruphong Raksasad (Chiangrai, Thailand, 1977) took his degree from Thammasat University in 2000, where he majored in film and photography. He worked on several feature films by major Thai studios as film editor and postproduction supervisor. In 2004, he began making independent feature films and short films with his friends and try to live with agriculture.


Reanglao Jak Meangnue (Stories from the North, 2005)