When trains were first introduced to Thailand in the 1890’s, they were seen as a step towards progress and prosperity but instead, the train system remained frozen in time due to corruption and inefficient management.
“demonstrates the beauty in observation. …the ultimate people-watching scenario.” – Vox Magazine
First time director Sompot Chidgasornpongse guides us from the north to the south of the country and as his camera moves through the carriages, we observe the passengers on board. Foreign tourists raise toasts in first class while traders selling food weave through the back wagons which are rammed with people.
A contemplative study of Thailand accompanied by the contact rattling of the wheels, Railway Sleepers takes you on a journey along the edge of modernity and nostalgia