For UNKNOWN FORCES is a tribute to our land and our countrymen after the political maelstrom of 2006.
UNKNOWN FORCES is also for the hard workers and hard drinkers of the northeast, my home region, who are the crux of Thailand’s booming real estate development. These workers are hauled around by contractors from one construction site to another, roaming cities and villages. Thailand’s landscape is shaped by these nomadic souls on pickup trucks. Like many actors I know, the workers have resided in a hierarchic system for so long that they are voiceless and are assigned to be part of an apolitical species.
On many occasions I feel I am part of this pickup truck syndrome, fueled by a strange cocktail of politics, monarchy, and religion.
- Apichatpong Weerasethakul