In a colorful closing ceremony on Friday that featured a performance by Liza Minelli, Pimpaka Towira won a special jury prize for her short My Father, which was in competition at the International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries “Pacific Meridian", a.k.a. the Vladivostok International Film Festival.
Here's the synopsis from the festival website:
In a Thai village, a small family’s father is forced to quit his job as a train station janitor because of his protest letter to the authorities. The family is struggling but he refuses to keep his mouth shut. He leaves for Bangkok in search of justice and joins the mass rally. He returns to his quiet neighborhood morally crushed.
The politically themed My Father previously screened at the Rotterdam fest and last year's Dubai International Film Festival in the Muhr Asia-Africa Competition for Short Films