Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Crowdfunded documentary Silent Waters looks back on 2004 tsunami
This coming December 26 will mark the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, a disaster that sent deadly waves rippling through the region and causing much devastation, including Thailand's tourism hotspots of Khao Lak and Phuket.
A documentary on the Boxing Day tsunami is in the works, Silent Waters. It focuses on largely overlooked fishing villages and sees how lives there have changed over the past 10 years, especially for folks who lost families, homes and livelihoods.
The director is Mike Thomas, a Thailand-based English expat who previously made Living with the Tiger, a documentary on HIV-positive orphans performing in a travelling musical play. Made in 2011, Living with the Tiger made the rounds in Thailand's international community and played a few festivals.
For Silent Waters, Thomas says he's completed many interviews and filmed a lot of footage, but he wants to make a couple more trips with hopes of getting hold of a helicopter drone camera to capture the stunning scenery. And then there will be post-production work to get the film up to broadcast quality.
So there's a crowdfunding campaign. With just nine days left, the project has reached around 10 percent of its goal of 320,000 baht.
Find out more from a promo video, embedded below, and keep track of the project on Facebook.