A Brief History of Memory
THAILAND / 2010 / Thai / B&W / Blu-ray (SD) / 14 min
Director, Editing: Chulayarnnon Siriphol
Photography: Aukrit Pornsumpunsuk, Chulayarnnon Siriphol
Production Company: Office of Contemporary Art And Culture, Ministry Of Culture, Thailand
Source: Chulayarnnon Siriphol
A mother’s monologue, telling of her son’s death in a riot in Bangkok, revives the incident. The mother lives in the Nang Lerng community, and her words are used throughout the film to chase fleeting memory, as the lives of those lost in Thailand’s political clashes are overlaid with microscopic images of head lice. The loss and sadness that assail everyday life and the stirrings in the depth of the heart quietly resonate as abstract images across black-and-white alleys and living spaces.
[Director’s Statement] The Nang Lerng community survives through continuous changes that leave many memorial imprints, one after another. Memories that have been conveyed from one generation to another. Memories that have been conveyed from those who went away before to those who are still here. Even though time has changed, these memories are still drifting and circling around.
As an outsider, being able to capture these memories and convey them in a film is like capturing a brief history of memory rather than just letting it slip away as time passes by. And it is also a way to mourn those who passed away.
Born in 1986, Chulayarnnon Siriphol graduated from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Faculty of Architecture, Department of Communication Art and Design, Major in Film and Video. He lives and works in Bangkok. In 2005, his Hua-Lam-Pong was selected to screen in the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the S.E.A. Eyes program. In 2007, Sleeping Beauty was selected to screen in the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the “Short: As Long As It Takes” program. In 2011, A Brief History of Memory was selected to be a part of Human Frames - Fanaticism, a series of ten film programs examining the human condition through experimental film and video art.