Primitive

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Editor / Sound Design / Post Supervisor
Multi-Channel Installation / 2008
Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Kick the Machine Films

Primitive is a multi-platform project by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Commissioned by Haus der Kunst, Munich with FACT Liverpool, and Animate Projects. Produced by Illuminations Films, London with Kick the Machine, Bangkok.

Primitive was shot in the border town, Nabua, where the Mekong River divides Thailand and Laos, an area with a long history of racial migration and slaughter. It was also a ‘red zone’ where the Mao-influenced Communist party moved into the mountain range and the Thai government targeted local communities as communist sympathisers. Nabua has an ancient legend about a widow ghost who would abduct any man who enters her empire.

The Primitive project re-imagines Nabua, the ‘widow town’, as a town of men, freed from the widow ghost’s empire, and features the male descendants of the farmer communists – teenagers that will lead a journey, fabricate memories, and build a dreamscape in the jungle.

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