Premiere at Brisbane International Film Festival RIDE Short Gala 2022.
Screen Queensland’s RIDE Shorts program (2022)
A Thai immigrant to Australia discovers she has terminal cancer and then embarks on raising money to build a new ordination hall for her local temple, despite the fact she may not live to see it completed.
Narin is a Thai community leader in Queensland and a core member of Wat Thai Buddharam, Brisbane. She is also a music lover who brings well known Thai country artists to Brisbane and major cities across Australia to entertain the Thai community and ease their occasional homesickness. A few years ago, she discovered she had aggressive cancer, and the doctor told her she had less than two years to live.
Narin keeps her chin up, determined to remain in high spirits. She continues doing what she loves, organizing events, and contributing to the community. She plans to make a final act of merit by raising $200,000 through a benefit concert.
The money raised will fund a new multi-function space for community work among Thais at Wat Thai Buddharam, the spiritual anchor of Thai Buddhists. Since 2007, Wat Thai Buddharam has been serving the community with services such as organizing funerals and following the beliefs of Buddhism, which did not exist in Australia.
Even though this is a long-term project and she may not live to see it through, she is putting everything into the concert, despite her deteriorating body. Above all, the project has given her the will to live. Being with her beloved artists and doing good deeds is prolonging her life. Buddhists believe death is not an end. It simply marks the beginning of a new journey. Your actions in this and past lives will fuel your future. Funerals are a time to gather to make the last merit for the beloved one who passed.
In the end, Narin reveals she wants to be remembered for her energy, humour and good cheer, dancing to the end to the music she loves.