Tongpan

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The British Film Institute calls Tongpan “One of the most important “third world” films of the decade. It is based on the real life experience of a farmer from the poverty-stricken Northeast region of Thailand. Tongpan and his family are forced off their land when a dam built nearby caused their farm to be flooded and left it parched in the dry.

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Tongpan_optTongpan is a black and white theatrical film. It is based on the real life experience of a farmer from the poverty-stricken Northeast region of Thailand. Tongpan and his family are forced off their land when a dam built nearby caused their farm to be flooded in the wet season and left it parched in the dry. They have moved to a small town bordering Laos on the Mekong River. There, Tongpan the farmer is struggling to support his family as Tongpan the pedicab driver, Tongpan, the small time boxer, and Tongpan, the keeper of someone else’s chickens. The British Film Institute calls Tongpan “One of the most important “third world” films of the decade.

In Thai and Lao with English subtitles

Awards:
Asian American International Film Festival: Award of Merit

Produced by Frank Green
1994

60 mins

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Weight 0.32 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 6 x .5 in
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Reviews

  1. Film Review(s):
    “Tongpan is a beautifully made film and extraordinarily effective and valuable as a teaching device. I would give it my most enthusiastic recommendation for use in courses dealing with problems of development. It is the best film of its kind.”
    –Franklin Weinstein, Director
    Project on US-Japan Relations, Stanford University

    “A landmark film…The first film I know of which relies on native Southeast Asian artists for script writing, directing and acting while also providing great interest for American viewers..The American viewer who has lived in Southeast Asia will view it and weep.”
    – Jay Henderson, Washington Review

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