Prelude Of The Moving Zoo

By Sorayos Prapapan

Thailand | In English and Thai with English subtitles | 2020 | 17 min 27 sec | PG

 

In 2018, the oldest zoo in Bangkok, Dusit Zoo, was ordered to close by royal decree. It started as a private botanical garden built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), before opening to the public in 1938 at the request of the government. In Prelude of The Moving Zoo, director Sorayos Prapapan’s attempts to document the last days of the zoo. However, even when bidding farewell to a beloved institution in Thailand, Prapapan has to deal with bureaucracy that leads to numerous moments of wry humour. 

Prelude of the Moving Zoo premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2020).

Sorayos Prapapan (b.1986, Thailandis an independent filmmaker, sound technician and foley artist. His first short film, Boonrerm was selected at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2014). His film Death of the Sound Man premiered at the Venice International Film Festival (2017) and has since been presented at over 70 film festivals and won 13 awards. In 2019, his film Dossier of the Dossier premiered at the Locarno Film Festival.

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