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  • Thailand government wants control over cave rescue movies

    Thailand government wants control over cave rescue movies


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    Thailand’s military government wants to control how movies described the ordeal of the young soccer players and their heroic rescue from a flooded cave that drew worldwide interest and the attention of foreign filmmakers. Culture Minister Vira Rojpochanarat said he will propose at next week’s Cabinet meeting that a special committee be established to oversee the production of films, documentaries and videos related to the experiences of the 12 boys and their coach who were trapped in a cave for nearly three weeks before being rescued.

    The rescue, carried out successfully against high odds, was a rare moment of uplifting news from Thailand, which has been mired in political conflict and heavy-handed military rule for more than a decade. Even as the world watched the cave saga, a boat sinking off a southern resort island claimed nearly 50 Chinese tourists, an event that normally would have registered as a high-profile debacle.

    The cave rescue also allowed the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who has been criticized for political maneuvering to stay in power after elections plotted for next year, to share in some glory.

    The government’s Thailand Film Office already regulates the production of films shot in Thailand by foreign companies, including vetting scripts and issuing filming permits, but Vira said the committee would oversee content, licensing and the protection of privacy of the rescued team and their families.

    Vira, speaking after a film board meeting Thursday chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, said five foreign film production companies have shown interest in making a movie or documentary about the cave rescue and some had already been on location to collect information.

    Thai film producers have also shown interest but have not yet contacted the government, Vira said.

    The boys and coach of the Wild Boars soccer team were released from the hospital on Wednesday and at a news conference described how they got trapped in the cave, and after 10 days cut off from the outside world, were astonished to see two British divers rising from muddy waters and assuring them work was underway to rescue them.

    “This (tale) has all the right elements,” Vira said. “If you talk about drama associated with filmmaking, it has everything. It has loss as well as jubilation. The content and tale it has for filmmaking is very complete. Even if you don’t make additional drama, these events had every flavor.”

    Several murals and sculptures have already been commissioned to mark the epic cave adventure. Many focu

  • Thai cave: Shrines and pipes at cavern entrance a mute testament to a drama which gripped the world

    Thai cave: Shrines and pipes at cavern entrance a mute testament to a drama which gripped the world


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    Near the mouth of the Thai cave where the Wild Boars soccer team was trapped are two small shrines where locals prayed to the rain god Phra Pirun.

    Perhaps those prayers were answered, as hours after the last team members were rescued, the heavens opened and the monsoonal rains thundered down.

    It was the heaviest downpour in a week.
    It no longer mattered, as all 12 boys and the coach were finally safe in hospital, where they will remain in quarantine for about a week.

    The rescue teams are still packing up after their mammoth task to pull the boys out.

    Most of the diving gear is still there.
    There’s still a lot of activity at the cave site.

    The media was allowed a look at the entrance for the first time this morning, before authorities quickly revoked that right when they realised the area would soon be swarmed.

    They walked us down to the vast entrance to the cave through ankle-deep water.
    The entrance to the 10-kilometre cave system is gigantic, with stalactites hanging down.

    From there you start entering further up the mountain to where they all were, 4km in.

    A row of tents stands nearby, each belonging to a group of divers and each filled with dozens of oxygen tanks.
    A whiteboard shows what is presumably a timetable for divers to enter and leave the cave.

    You get a sense of how many pumps and pipes went into the mountains, with pipes going everywhere.
    There are pumps inside and outside, and another one further up, with an estimated 250 million litres of water removed from the cave since the start of rescue efforts.

    One of the pumps is still furiously chugging away.
    There are still many police and soldiers around but the divers — of whom there were more than a 100 at peak time — have all gone, presumably to finally get some rest.

  • Coach Ek the Unlikely Stateless Hero of Thai Cave Drama

    Coach Ek the Unlikely Stateless Hero of Thai Cave Drama


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    Mae Sai, Thailand: Schooled as a monk and now hailed a hero, football coach Ekkapol Chantawong is one of several stateless members of the “Wild Boars”, a team whose survival after days trapped in a flooded Thai cave fixated a country that does not recognise them as citizens.
    Coach Ek, the 25-year-ancient who was among the last to emerge from the cave on Tuesday, has been lauded for keeping the the young footballers – aged 11-16 – cool as starvation loomed in the dark.

    He was the only adult with the boys when they entered the cave on June 23 until they were found nine days later by British divers on a muddy bank deep inside the cave complex.
    As he awaited his turn to undertake the perilous exit from the Tham Luang complex, Thais on the outside celebrated him as a modest, devout and duty-bound member of the Mae Sai community.
    “From all the parents, please take care of all the children. Don’t blame yourself,” said a letter to him from the boys’ relatives released July 7.

    In answer he scrawled a note apologising to the parents, and vowing to take “the very best care of the kids.”

    The touching note won the hearts of the Thai public – a group to which he is yet to officially belong.

    The UNHCR says Thailand is home to around 480,000 stateless people.

    Many are from nomadic hill tribes and other ethnic groups who have for centuries lived around Mae Sai, the heart of ‘Golden Triangle’ – a lawless wedge of land bisecting Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and China.

    – ‘No nationality. No country’ –

    Among the stateless are Ek and three of the boys who were trapped in the cave alongside him – Dul, Mark and Tee – the founder of the Wild Boars club Nopparat Khanthavong told AFP.

    “To get nationality is the largest hope for the boys… in the past these boys have problems travelling to play matches outside of Chiang Rai,” he added, because of travel restrictions that accompanies their lack of status.

    Without passports they are unlikely to be able to take up the invite from Manchester United FC to visit next season.

    “They also can’t become professional football players because they don’t have the (right) status,” he said, adding the process has begun to try to get them nationality.

    There are hopes the boys’ ordeal will lead to a change of policy.

    “The issue of the boys in the cave should give Thailand a wake up call… to grant the stateless nationality,” said Pornpen Khongkachonkiet of Amnesty International Thailand.

    Coach Ek, who is ethnic Tai Lue, is yet to give his version of the remarkable events of the last few weeks.

    A novice monk for several years from the age of 10, Ek left the Buddhist clergy before becoming a full monk in order to look after his grandmother in Mae Sai.

    He later became a coach with the Wild Boars.

    He is fond of meditation, trekking and the outdoors life, according to monk Ekkapol Chutinaro who roomed with his namesake as a novice.

    “We would trek to the jungle, he would always bring a thumb-sized parcel chilli paste and sticky rice and we