Hours of Ours
Komtouch NAPATTALOONG Thailand 2023 85 min PG
This compact debut of a family in political limbo navigates notions of home and identity that slip past bureaucracy and borders.
Stranded in Thailand after escaping strife in Sudan, the Ibrahim family await resettlement. Amid uncertainty, the parents lay low to evade arrest while the kids adapt, their playtime marred only by the heat.
Chronicling the family’s transitory state over several years, this documentary holds up a concept of home that is nebulous yet shimmers promisingly for both the filmmaker and the Ibrahims. It shines in the moments of resilience and grace that the Ibrahims grant themselves and others who seek identification with their chosen abode. When the family is inevitably separated, the camera takes a concise turn to capture the children’s growing awareness of their politicised identities and the next asylum as a beckoning home.
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2 Dec, Sat 6:30PM / 85 min
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Hours of Ours
Thai, Arabic, English
Bangkok-based Komtouch NAPATTALOONG directed the short film Motherland (2015) and produced the feature Soil Without Land (2019). He was formerly Lab Manager for Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab (SEAFIC). Hours of Ours was awarded the Tan Ean Kiam Foundation-SGIFF Southeast Asian Documentary Grant, and premiered in competition at Visions du Réel 2023.
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