Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tsunami documentary Silent Waters is ready for viewing

This December 26, 10 years will have passed since the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami sent deadly waves rippling through the region, causing much devastation in parts of Thailand that are still struggling to recover.

In observance of the disaster's anniversary comes a new documentary, Silent Waters, directed by Mike Thomas, who held a crowdfunding campaign to complete the film. A Thailand-based English expat, Thomas previously made Living with the Tiger, a documentary on HIV-positive orphans performing in a travelling musical play. His new film Silent Waters is now available for streaming online. Here's the synopsis:

What happened once the waters receded, the beaches were cleaned up and the aid organisations left? Silent Waters provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of fishing communities on an undeveloped Thai island in the Andaman Sea.

The immense power from the waves destroyed the main village of 200 households. Many survivors moved to the mainland, too afraid to return. Those that chose to re-build their lives on the island recap their memories of that fateful day and how they coped after losing their families, homes and livelihood. They talk about their concerns for the future and how their unique lifestyle will likely change with the arrival of electricity.

Silent Waters is also due to be shown on U.K. television on the tsunami's anniversary, Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, but anyone can watch it online for $4.99. Check out the trailer, embedded below.

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