— by Suwitcha Chaiyong: Film director Nontawat Numbenchapol is recognised for his documentaries about minority groups including By The River (2013), Boundary (2013) and Soil Without Land (2019).

Soil Without Land, which premiered at Visions du Réel in Switzerland — an international documentary festival — covers the stories of young men in Shan State, Myanmar. In 2016, Nontawat became interested in the border areas of northern Thailand. While working on Soil Without Land, he spent time in a buffer zone between Thailand and Myanmar and realised that many Shan people lived there…

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