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SOMSRI

Thailand, 1985 (MIFF 1994, Prince Chatri Retrospective)

Director: Chatrichalerm Yukol

When a corrupt land development company tries to evict 20,000 dwellers from their homes, Somsri, a charismatic local teacher leads the fight to save his community. 'Tiger Temple Community' is the name of one of the biggest slums in Bangkok. Formerly useless swampland, it belongs to the government, which has always rented it to the homeless. However, with greater urban development, the land has become increasingly valuable. Somsri must go against a rich, well-connected company determined to acquire the land through any means possible: bribery, arson, even murder.

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