Update on the Documentary Project
please help pass word of this project around
Niramon Ross finished her exploratory shooting of PhetJee Jaa and her family in Pattaya, and even traveled with them to Siracha for her first fight against a boy since the official ban of such fights. From what I understand the fight was labeled an “exhibition” to circumvent the ban. I haven’t heard exactly what that entails, but I suspect it was a full fledged fight in every way. PhetJee Jaa won against what seemed a larger boy from the photos. I wrote about Niramon Ross’s involvement two days ago: Meeting with Ying Ross. Do read this to get the story of how she came to be involved and what her film background is. She is one of my favorite people on the planet, and I’m really happy that she had a positive experience yesterday and night – though she said she was beat, not getting back to Bangkok until 3:30 am. I can’t wait until we meet together back in Chiang Mai in early May and we can look at some of the first footage. As some of you know we are starting a monthly Newsletter for the documentary project, where we’ll be updating people on details of what is being done, who is involved, timetables and plans as they unfold. If you’d like to stay close to what should be an exciting project you can sign up for the Newsletter here. We hope to capture not only what a special person PhetJee Jaa is, a unique female in the world of Muay Thai in Thailand, but also some of the deeper surrounding issues around her ban and female fighting in Thailand.
We are going to need the Muay Thai community to really help with this project once it starts rolling in maybe June, getting the word out, bringing in ideas, helping with resources if possible.
If you want to know who PhetJee Jaa is explore these articles on this remarkable 12 year old fighter, or just message me on Facebook or Twitter.
Niramon posted stills from her day and night of shooting on the Cantarrana Films Facebook Page which is her short film production company, though we have not decided if this is going to be a short (under 30 minute) or feature length documentary (90 minute). You can see them in the album below (or click here).