Filmed over the course of eight years on every active line of Thailand's railway system, Railway Sleepers provides an immersive glimpse into the country's past and present. Filmmaker Sompot Chidgasornpongse transforms his massive trove of documentary footage into the equivalent of a two-day, two-night tour of the Southeast Asian nation—with palm trees and rice paddies materializing in an ever-shifting landscape. Frequently, however, our attention turns toward the passengers on the trains, from the first-class compartments filled with wealthy Thais and foreign travelers alike, to the overcrowded coach cabins bereft of any luxury. Through these differences, Sompot deftly renders the social and economic disparities of the newly industrialized nation. Museum Films is very proud to present this exclusive screening with the film's director in person for a post-screening discussion.
Director Sompot Chidgasornpongse | 2017 | Thailand | 102 minutes | NR | DCP