Pathompon Mont Tesprateep
Chinese Mainland Premiere
Pleng-Krom-Dek (Lullaby) consists of four new renditions of traditional Chehe dialect lullaby tunes. Mostly written by the locals, the traditional lyrics often reflect their ways of life, doctrines, and unique mixture of languages. In Pleng-Krom-Dek, Mont collaborates with a Thai Buddhist and a retired teacher Siriporn Thongchinda, who also works as a youth-rehabilitation social worker and a conservator of Chehe dialect, in rewriting the lyrics focusing on her attitude towards the current religious and cultural disharmony. Pleng-Krom-Dek is an attempt to blur the border between local lullaby and its implicit disguise as ideological hypnotism.
Pleng-Krom-Dek (Lullaby) is the first part from an ongoing film project (2019-present) which is based on Mont's research in the midst of obscured information and incidents concerning the subnational conflict in the Deep South, Thailand. The research investigates the conflict through storytelling apparatuses from cultural materials including related literature, traditional and contemporary music, ghost radio show, and ritualistic performance. Taken from various sources and perspectives, the materials are re-interpreted and reconstructed.