While Bent Marble’s primary mission is to teach creative documentary workshops that foster cross-cultural understanding, we are also filmmakers ourselves, and look forward to those opportunities when we are able to use our cinematic skills to help like-minded organizations. This past June and July we had the opportunity to film a promotional video for Koh Samui School, the largest public school on the island of Koh Samui, located off the east coast of Thailand. Although we don’t speak Thai, the language barrier was readily overcome through the assistance of English teacher, Alfred te Water Naude, English department head, Judy Walaiporn, and school headmaster, Pore Or. And with their support we were also welcomed with open hearts and minds by the entire staff and student body, as we “intruded” for nearly four weeks with our cameras, filming all aspects of school life.
In addition to their regular academic coursework, the students at Koh Samui School take part in an impressive array of extra-curricular activities, ranging from traditional music and dance, to meditation courses, to lively performances in assemblies where the entire audience also participates! Our time filming at the school fortuitously also coincided with their annual island-wide athletics (track & field) championships, which is highlighted in our piece.
It was truly a wonderful experience being part of the Koh Samui School community and we look forward to offering our creative documentary workshops there the next time we are in town. And while we couldn’t showcase all the fine folks we met in this short video (recently edited and “hot off the press”), we certainly hope we’ve captured some of their spirit!