Queer East Festival 2024
17 — 28 April
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Mundane History
Thailand, 2009

Feature, Focus Thailand,
Directed by
Anocha Suwichakornpong
Running time
78 min mins
Anocha Suwichakornpong’s brave and original film focuses on the complex relationship between young nurse Pun, and Ake, the teenage patient he’s been hired to take care of. Ake has been paralysed from the waist down following an accident, and barely leaves his bed, living in the residence of his affluent father. Initially, Ake is despondent and frustrated, but as Pun looks after his daily needs, the teenager’s perspective slowly begins to change. Eschewing conventional narrative, this transcendent drama reflects on the theme of regeneration, as Ake gradually comes to reconcile his repetitive daily reality with a broader sense of his existence in a constantly transforming, luminous universe. Highly controversial in Thailand for its frank portrayal of sexual themes, Mundane History makes a powerful statement on caregiving, friendship, and spiritual rejuvenation.
Introduction by Sonali Joshi, Curator & Founder of Day for Night.

Director Bio

Anocha Suwichakornpong is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and producer. She is currently Visiting Lecturer in Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University. Her work, informed by the socio-political history of Thailand, has received much international critical acclaim and won numerous awards.
Additional info

Preceded by the short film Journey to the Shore.


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