KHIRIWONG:: A Documentary on the Environment in Thailand

KHIRIWONG:: A Documentary on the Environment in Thailand

Khiriwong is a site that is constantly visited by destructive floods, a seasonal calamity that may be traced to the geology of the place. Khiriwong, a valley surrounded mostly by a mountain range made of granite that cannot absorb large amounts of rainwater, its residents have developed a local culture that makes them preserve their natural resources if they were to survive in this high-risk environment. The practice of suan som rom (or mixed forest orchard) allows fruit farmers to exploit the mountains’ rich, volcanic soil while also devising ways to preserve the topography from soil erosion. The result is a place which, although touched by aspects of modern technology, has stayed true to its nature-based tradition of fruit farming.

KHIRIWONG:: A Documentary on the Environment in Thailand

Synopsis

Khiriwong is a site that is constantly visited by destructive floods, a seasonal calamity that may be traced to the geology of the place. Khiriwong, a valley surrounded mostly by a mountain range made of granite that cannot absorb large amounts of rainwater, its residents have developed a local culture that makes them preserve their natural resources if they were to survive in this high-risk environment. The practice of suan som rom (or mixed forest orchard) allows fruit farmers to exploit the mountains’ rich, volcanic soil while also devising ways to preserve the topography from soil erosion. The result is a place which, although touched by aspects of modern technology, has stayed true to its nature-based tradition of fruit farming.

Description

Japan42012/Digital Documentary/63 mins/English Narration w/subtitles

Sc/D: Nick Deocampo;
EP: The Nippon Foundation, Tatsuya Tanami, API Regional Committee;
AP: Yeoh Seng Guan;
PM: Dicky Sofjan;
C: Phutthiphong Aroonpheng, Nick Deocampo;
E: Matt Sudario;
SE: Nick Deocampo;
N: Neneng Arceo;
M: Jeff Hernandez, Nani Naguit

Key Subject Areas:
Climate Change, Disaster Management, Environment, Flood, Forest Management, Indigenous Knowledge, Nature, Thailand, Water Resources