Friday, September 23, 2011

Disabled Thai youths make a whole movie in The Missing Piece

Patana Chirawong directs The Missing Piece, a documentary about youngsters of varying disabilities who get together to learn about filmmaking.

It was shown last month in a special screening at the 15th Thai Short Film & Video Festival, and now it's in limited release in Bangkok at House on RCA.

Here's the synopsis from the festival catalog:

Sua, the head of the group, is a congenitally handicapped man of 20. He is a director and has talked his three friends into the project. They are Charan, a blind fellow with the tiny body of a 10-year-old; Wut, a boy of 13 who lives in a silent world; and Tor, an autistic teenager. Through companionship and compensation for each other's corporal insufficiencies, the four companions make a short film that recounts their own story, to tell the world they are no different than other human beings.

In a genius move, the little sight-impaired guy is the sound man, holding the boom mike. And among the filmmakers who turn up to help is Tanwarin Sukkhapisit.

There's a trailer at YouTube, and it's embedded below.

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