The Pak Mun Dam has long been controversial. It is blamed for the devastation of the surrounding ecosystem, so much so to the point that locals can no longer make a living from fishing, their traditional livelihood. Although the locals established the Assembly of the Poor to move against the construction and call out the government for their failure to take responsibility for the impacts to their livelihood and the environment, officials have continued to disregard their voices. The fishers of the Mun River who still love their profession, the ecosystem, and their hometown, have collectively said that the dam has permanently destroyed their livelihood and the trade in fisheries.
Thai society has always seen a large gap between urban and rural populations. Therefore the terms “nighttime hangouts” and “provinces outside Bangkok” barely exist together.
However, the younger generations living in many areas recently attempted to break down this deeply-rooted social problem. They have been fighting for their hometowns to become more well-known through local artists, bars, and nightclubs.
“Impression Sunrise” represents a group of teenagers in Ubon Ratchathani province who dream of having their own space for live music performances, food, drinks, and art workshops. They hope that their hometown will become a popular attraction like other big cities.