The Island Funeral

  • Sat Nov 4
The Island Funeral

with screenwriter Kong Rithdee in person free admission

Pimpaka Towira
Heen Sasithorn, Aukrit Pornsumpunsuk, Yossawat Sittiwong

Laila, with her brother and his friend, head from Bangkok on a thousand-kilometer road trip to Pattani. Along the way they meet Surin, a soldier from the Northeast. Together they journey into the deep South of Thailand in search of Laila’s aunt, lost history, and half-remembered memories. In the words of the director, The Island Funeral is “about everybody who is looking for their ideal world amidst the conflicts of the internal clash in their past and memories.” Shot on 16mm, The Island Funeral is the winner of the Best Asian Future Film Award, 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize, the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival and Best Cinematographer, and Asian New Talent Awards, 19th Shanghai International Film Festival, and Silver Hanoman Award, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016. The director, Pimpaka Towira, is a pioneer on the Thai independent film scene.

Cosponsored with the Society for the Humanities, Southeast Asia Program, Comparative Literature, and Performing and Media Arts.


Ithaca Premiere
DCP color
1 hour 45 minutes
release year/country
2015 Thailand