Filmed and edited by The Grand Kids Collective founder Dewald Brand, Exiled To Nowhere is a black and white short film that forms part of an Oxfam project which explores the issues of inequality and exclusion throughout Asia. This particular video was written and directed by journalist and filmmaker Dan McDougall, a British Correspondent of the Year and three times winner of the Amnesty International Award For Outstanding Human Rights Journalism. He invited Dewald to join the Exiled To Nowhere production team in December 2014, a commitment which included travelling to Vietnam, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand over two weeks carrying a backpack weighing 17 kgs. This particular video captures the inequalities faced by the Moken, a once nomadic sea-gypsy tribe who used live in and off of the Andaman Sea. While their surrounding are idyllic, their lifestyle is far from it. This video shows how the Moken have been disenfranchised and cut off from their historical land and sea rights. They are now living on a small island off of the coast of Thailand and are essentially isolated from the opportunity of economic growth or development.
Sharing more about the process behind making this film, Dewald told us that, “After shooting in Nepal, Dan and I joined up in Thailand where we drove down to the south then took a 2-hour ferry ride to the Surin Islands which is an area that the Moken tribe occupy. They are a nomadic sea-gypsy tribe who sailed the seas and rarely settled on land. After a Tsunami 10 years ago, they sort of settled on this remote little island. We camped out on the beach for two days. Visiting the village during the day we observed, interacted and tried to learn and become accustomed to their ways.”
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