Song of the Homeland
The relationship of a man and the homeland.
Refugees from Myanmar live in Thailand for almost two generations. They live in awkward situations and struggle either to return to Myanmar or to obtain Thai citizenship. How do they live in these circumstances? A former student in 1988 carries on his hope of returning to his homeland meanwhile those young generations of refugee families keep on asking for the naturalization from the country that they were born in.
Amorn, the 45-year-old man, a former student who participated in 1988 uprising in Myanmar, emigrated to Thailand 30 years ago. He earns a living by fishing and being a laborer since then. His hope and dream are to return to his homeland to look after his elderly mother. His wife is a migrant from Myanmar too. Both have three children living in Thailand together. Getting Thai nationality for his children is his long-awaited hope to secure a better future for them.
Linda, a 12-year-old girl, and her two younger siblings were born to young immigrants who were not ready to have children. The young couple nearly broke up and left the children with their grandparents.
According to the UNHCR report, there are more than 4,000 children who are parentless, same as Linda, her siblings and their friends in bamboo raft villages. They have poor education and their lives depend on nature, especially fishing.
Following the national elections in Myanmar (2015), Amorn returned home to visit his mother and began considering bringing his family back to live there. However, the overall situation in Myanmar had not improved, politically or economically, and this made Amorn uncertain about the move. Many of his compatriots still sought employment in Thailand. Some entered the country legally, some smuggled themselves across the border. The process of proving citizenship from the government has been very time-consuming. Their hope to obtain Thai citizenship seems like a vague promise. Song of the Homeland, the title of the film, is also the title of the national anthem that represents the relationship between human beings and their homeland.