2013, Fri, Aug 09

Overseas + Mekong Hotel

In the framework of the Asian Film Festival Berlin

Mekong Hotel | © The Match Factory

Mekong Hotel | © The Match Factory

The final days of WASSERMUSIK are to be held under the banner of the fourth Asian Film Festival Berlin. The featured films are productions that take a critical perspective on the much-extolled new potential for economic, political, and cultural developments between the countries ringing the Pacific. With a focus on Asia, America, Thailand, and Vietnam, the selected films tell unusual stories of migration, love, everyday struggle, empowerment, and the search for meaning.


Documentary by Anocha Suwichakornpong, Thailand 2012, 16 min, English subtitles

Over 300,000 Burmese itinerant laborers, mostly women and girls, toil legally or illegally in the fish industry outside of Bangkok. One day, Wawa Kai, who continuously sorts shrimp here, reports a crime to the police...


Feature film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul , Thailand 2012, 61min, English subtitles

Portrait of a hotel on the Mekong River in northeastern Thailand. Here, is working with his team on a film called “.” In a blend of fact and fiction, the film explores the bond between a vampire-like mother and her daughter and the relationship of a pair of lovers to the river. Filmed at the time of the catastrophic flooding in Thailand, takes on multilayered themes of destruction, politics, and dreams of the future.