I have just been back home from a week trip to Marrakech, an ancient city in Morocco. To tell the truth, a country in Africa has never been my choice for overseas vacation. However, it was not a holiday trip. I followed a team of Thai movie "Dek Hor" – including the director Songyos "Yong" Sugmakanan and his protege actor Sirachuch "Michael" Chienthawron – participating in the general competition at the 6th annual International Film Festival of Marrakech (IFFM) with other 14 movies from different countries around the world. Although the movie didn’t win any award, the director felt grateful that Thai movie had been chosen by the festival organizer and had a chance to be screened to audiences in this region of the world where some local people don’t even know where Thailand is on the world map.
The trip was exhausted but extremely wonderful and enjoyable. Putting the festival aside, we had a chance to visit Marrakech inside out – literally from the prestigious dinner after the awarding ceremony at the city convention center (Palais des Congres) through the famous Djemaa el Fna square, the busiest square in the entire continent of Africa, and the damped street in Jewish neighbourhood where few tourist would set their feet inside. I’ve got a number of interesting stories to tell. Stay tune for an update!