Soil Without Land

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Soil Without Land

Directed by Nontawat Numbenchapol

  • Thailand 2019; 79 min
  • Original version: Thai
  • Genre: Documentary


For over 50 years, a civil war has waged between the Shan, Burma’s largest ethnic minority group, and the Burmese military. As a small child, Jai Sang Lod, his family, and many other Shan families fled to a Shan State Army (SSA) governed village sitting between the borders of Burma and Northern Thailand. Living in a disputed land, undefined as a state, Sang Lod and his family were stuck in the village without any lD or passport.
As the village authority, the SSA ordered a mandatory military training for all young men. Leaving his family behind, Jai Sang Lod is to become a soldier with a lifetime duty to fight for Shan sovereignty and liberation from the Burmese military.
Under the burning sun, the training officer lectures 100 young men on manhood and patriotism. Sang Lod trains alongside his comrades, with each command slowly molding these boys into uniformed men.



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