In a dark forest, its floor matted with mud, vines, leaves, and fallen branches, Nobi collects the stones that help him catch manta rays off the nearby coast.
But, amid the clicking and whirring of insects, the dense undergrowth also shrouds the blinking of fairy lights – and a barely concealed mass grave. When Nobi discovers a badly injured survivor among the corpses, he takes the man home and rehabilitates him, and a fond friendship grows between the two men – only to be cut short one day when the fisherman disappears. Dedicated to the Rohingya who have perished in recent violence, Manta Ray is a celebration of the connectivity and continuity of the bonds of the human soul across the boundaries of time, distance, and death.
Director: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Producer: Mai Meksawan
Screenwriter: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Cinematographer: Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit
Editor: Lee Chatimetikool, Harin Paesongthai
Art Director: Sarawut Karwnamyen
Sound: Chalermrat Kaweewattana, Arnaud Rolland, Charles Bussienne
Music: Mathieu Gabry, Christine Ott
Wanlop Rungkumjad, Aphisit Hama, Rasmee Wayrana
Production Company: Diversion, Les Films de l’Étranger
International Sales: Jour2Fête