Nontawat Numbenchapol

Nontawat Numbenchapol


I try to look deeper and talk about human's space, the border between children, grownups, elderly people, men, women, love, hatred, birth, and death. My first film is about the search for a space, the second film is about losing a space, this third film concludes point of view towards life.    


In 2013, Nontawat Numbenchapol finished his first documentary film BOUNDARY, funded by Busan International Film Festival and Art Network Asia. The film depicts points-of-view of local people at the Thai-Cambodia border that have never been recognized. Numbenchapol received the Young Filmmaker award from the Bangkok Critics Assembly and BOUNDARY screened across many film festivals such as Berlin International Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.
In the same year Numbenchapol completed his second documentary BY THE RIVER, about the Klity villagers affected by water lead contamination. It became the first Thai film to receive the Special Mention award from the Locarno International Film Festival.
In 2016 Numbenchapol created an hybrid docu-fiction #BKKY, a story of a teenage girl, “Jojo,” questioning life and identity. Jojo’s character is a compilation of 100 teenagers interviewed in Bangkok about their loves and dreams and coming-of-age just after graduating high school. It premiered in October 2016 at the Busan International Film Festival before it received the Jury Award for best feature-length film from Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg, Germany.
In 2016 Numbenchapol began research on the Thai-Myanmar border on the Shan ethnic minority, resulting in two film projects in development. SOIL WITHOUT LAND is his fourth feature-length documentary currently in post-production. DOI BOY, currently in development, is his first fiction feature.

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