such a fascinating country, Thailand is the subject
of many documentaries with different themes.
Buddha’s lost children is a Thailand documentary
about one ex successful pugilist Phra Khru Bah, a
famous monk now, who travels through the mountainous
regions of the Thailand’s North, in the unwelcoming
area of the Golden Triangle.
with him the locals’ children in his long way to a
far away temple.
During the trip, Phra shows them
the positive values of life and the possibilities of
a life in conformity with the Buddhist ideas.
The author of the
Thailand documentary, Mark Verek follows the kids in this
He goes in the long trip, not only to meet a glorious
spiritual maestro but to assist closely to the new monks’
initiation. The Thailand documentary presents a harmony
oasis in the everyday life’s chaos. Thai paradise is another
Thailand documentary, with more episodes, about the fishing
These fishermen travel to
capture some rare gigantic fish species to study and
protect these creatures.
not looking for usual fish but for mega-fish, true
monsters that affront the credible with their
enormous proportions, the hunting ‘arms’ and
mysterious behaviour. Having almost two metres
length and more than 100 kilos, the fish seems
unreal. A touching Thailand documentary is the one
called Bangkok Girl, a story about Pla, a 19 years
old girl working in a Thai bar since she was 13. The
documentary offers a view of the sex tourism in
Thailand through this girl’s experiences.
She is one of the
bar girls who managed not selling herself for sex in a world
where this thing is almost impossible. Thailand documentary
called The Real Bangkok Hilton presents the life of the
Bangkwang prison’s inmates. It is the first time when the
cameras had access inside the prison also known as the
There are 7.000 persons, the most of them being drug
offenders and 883 are sentenced to death. The
maximum security jail is called the big Tiger by the
Thais because many of the prisons will go to the
It took 2 years for BBC to get the permission to
enter Bangkwang and to make the Thailand documentary
the team spent 2 weeks within the walls, listening
to the prisoners’ stories, their fights not to loose
their mind and the guards’ struggles to manage the
big number of prisoners. The 883 number can be seen
on an outside wall symbolising the number of the
prisoners who will be killed.
A conversation with a prisoner, Amporn Birtling, a moving
experience; he was sentenced to death for drug contraband
and he said that he will find out about his execution with
just two hours before it will happen. He said that he hated
the drugs and told his kids to stay away from them. In the
end of this Thailand documentary he said that he wants a new
chance, a touching moment for viewers.