Winner of the Asian Future award at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2015, The Island Funeral is a thoughtful and powerful film, co-written by Thai auteur Pimpaka Towira and film critic Kong Rithdee. Laila, a young Muslim woman living in Bangkok, goes on a road trip together with her brother Zugood and his friend Toy to visit her long-lost aunt. The three young adults journey south from the Thai capital to Pattani, travelling through the changing urban and rural landscapes of predominantly Buddhist Thailand. But they soon see that this region is far stranger than they are familiar with, amid the political insurgency and ethno-religious strife that has torn the south apart for decades.
Dir. Pimpaka Towira / 105 min / 2015 / Thailand / In Thai with English subtitles / PG