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How To Win At Checkers (Every Time)

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Thailand: How To Win At Life

12th April 2016

The film focuses on the relationship between a young Thai boy, Oat, and his much older brother Eck, who takes care of him. The story is told in flashback, Oat as a young man recalling his younger self and a loving relationship with his brother, with whom he plays Checkers. Dramatic tension is introduced almost from the outset, when it becomes clear that something bad happened to the brother, but the what and when is not revealed until much later. A society where the poor are exploited, both economically and sexually, and do what they need to in order to survive, seems an accepted part of life, until endemic corruption hits home in a very personal way and Oat realises he must take control of his life. Checkers is used as a metaphor for life – just as Oat learns how to win the board game, he learns how to win at life. The process by which he becomes a winner is left to the imagination in this short film, which is perhaps its one unsatisfactory aspect.


The Journey So Far...


Director Josh Kim’s debut feature film, How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) is based on the stories from the bestselling book “Sightseeing” by Rattawut Lapcharoensap. After the loss of both parents, 11 year old Oat faces an uncertain future when his older brother…

11th April 2016