Buried Dead Mountain
An overcast sky looms over a mountain in Sri Racha, Chonburi. The mountain has been accumulating 3 million tonnes of trash over forty years. A strong stench has permeated the community surrounding the dumpsite. Yet the district’s only response has been spraying deodorizers to lessen the smell.
In Krok Somboon, Prachin Buri, toxic chemicals and leachate from the landfill inside a waste-to-energy facility have contaminated nearby water sources. With the help of environmental watchdogs, villagers embark on an extensive trek to map out the courses of the toxic water, as an attempt to protect their agricultural community.
The community of Nong Haen, Chachoengsao commemorates the 7th anniversary of Prajob Naowa-opas’ passing. The former village chief was murdered while leading the fight against the illegal dumping of toxic wastes. Jorn Naowa-opas has since continued his brother’s work for communities all over the eastern region.
In 2019, thirty new licenses were issued by the Department of Industrial Works to allow waste recycling factories to be built in Ko Khanun, Chachoengsao. The terrible stench of melting electronic wastes pervades and poisons every village in the district. While Ko Khanun is quickly transformed into ‘The Factory Village’, villagers lock themselves up in their homes, hiding in fear.
Since the systematic impact of waste mismanagement is long-term and extensive, its perilous effects are not readily seen. The documentary aims to capture the ‘silent threats’, dangers that slowly and silently penetrate into people’s lives and our ecosystems.