Like the sister Phangan Film Festival, the Samui festival themes are "nature" and "spirit", with a program that emphasizes "poetic shorts to thought-provoking and sometimes bizarre feature documentaries."
So far, the following titles have been chosen:
- Youssou Ndour: I Bring What I Love (Senegal, 2009) -- Director Chai Vasarhelyi follows the Senegalese singing star for more than two years, filming in Africa, Europe, and America, to tell how he faces the challenge of promoting a more tolerant side of Islam and eventually wins over audiences both at home and abroad.
- Food Fight (USA, 2008) -- A local at alternatives to the corporate-controlled industrialized food production.
- No Impact Man (USA, 2009) -- This documentary follows New York writer Colin Beavan who embarks on a one-year experiment to light his carbon footprint by turning off the electricity, stop making garbage, give up TV, taxis & take out to become a walking, bicycling, composting, tree-hugging, polar-bear saving, local food-eating citizen, all while taking his baby daughter and caffeine loving retail-obsessed TV-addicted wife along with him.
The full lineup is yet to come. Also in the works is the venue, "to be announced in May".