From social documentary in south east Asia to fashion clips in Belgium, let’s get a cinematic trip. Feel the insane kicks of those young thai boxers, the extreme precision of Jaouad Achab, taekwondo world champion, the mysticism of the Indonesian forest communities, the street’s energy and the sounds that make you feel high.
Klongtoey is an extremely contrasted district in the center of Bangkok, bordered by the Chao Phraya River and near the port. Originally known for its large and old slum, its morning market and port activities, the neighborhood has retained its original features despite the shoppings mall and condominiums that are expanding more and more. The neighborhood is dense. Along the canals, roads, railways or under bridges, all spaces are occupied. His makeshift dwellings have become the permanent homes of thousands of people. Despite the difficult context, its inhabitants live by helping each other, without complaining, by getting by with what they have. The environment does not really matter so much. Our inner world is more real than the outside world. The human qualities of its inhabitants testify to it ; generosity, humility, kindness, compassion, and respect unites them. Huge respect and admiration for them.
Want to dive into a real Thai boxing training in Bangkok? We’re under a bridge, the express way above our head, it’s 40 degrees and the kids are training hard.
Samut Sakhon is a fishing village in Thailand where many Burmese migrants work in the fish industry. They left their country of origin because of all the difficulties they encountered in Burma. They came to Thailand to find a job and have a decent life. NGO Raks Thai helps them by providing education to their children and while they are busy at work, they know that their children have the opportunity to learn and change their lives. This really improves their lives and their future.
Jaouad Achab is the Taekwondo World Champion from Belgium but he has no sponsor ! He started taekwondo in Morocco very young and he never stopped training hard. Jaouad Achab lives in the Antwerp region of Belgium and in addition to his exceptional athletic qualities he shows a lot of humility, discipline and simplicity. Live with him some intense moments of his daily training.
In Indonesia on the island of Java there are forest communities that live with wood while respecting the forest and the environment. They understood that forests are valuable to their economy and future generations. From Yogyakarta to Jepara via Surakarta and Semarang, I filmed all the stages from the cutting of trees to the manufacture of furniture for export. Far from Indonesia ‘s negative image of sustainable development, we have witnessed the care and respect that communities have for the environment. By consuming only what is necessary, taking care not to damage anything, by replanting 2 trees for 1 cut trees, their efforts are supported by the FLEGT program of the European Commission.
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