About this time last year I was introduced to Tamsin from The Pratthanadee Foundation. They were looking for a filmmaker to make them a promo video so I sat down and listen to Tamsin's brief introduction of the organisation.
"We empower women to take positive steps towards becoming confident, independent and ambitious individuals. Through training in crucial personal skills, such as negotiation, self-presentation, English language and goal-setting, women are equipped to access better job opportunities and higher salaries." -Pratthanadee Foundation
After a little more talk, we ended up in a conversation about how some of their students came from the northeast with next to nothing in their pocket and tried their hardest to fend for themselves. The similarity of this narrative to what my mum has told me about her youth made me think about how lucky my mum was so I decided right then and there to jump on board to make them a little short film in hope that they might be able to help more women out there.
We then embarked on a series of interview conducted throughout the organisation to find the subject of our film. That was when I met Khun Nang, a person who I did not meet face to face until a year later.
Khun Nang is a branch manager of Pratthanadee Foundation and we ended up having to conduct our interviews on the phone. Over the next few months, we got to know each other a bit better. She's sincere and kind. She was comfortable to share everything I asked even though I felt like I was rude from time to time.
Fast forward a few months later, I decided to quit my job and pursued my filmmaking career on my own. I packed my bags and my equipment into my car for a road trip to Ubonrathchatani, on the very last minute Daniel, my camera operator friend, pulled out of the trip as his kid was coming down with a fever so off I went, a solo trip that would have taken me around 9 hours if my car didn't decide to break down after 3 hours into the trip. It wasn't until August that Daniel and I finally got to Ubonrathchatani and filming has finally begun.
This is Khun Nang's story.