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Christopher Janwong McKiggan

Christopher Janwong McKiggan

2022 Alumni Enterprise Awardee

Christopher Janwong McKiggan (’09), pianist, founder, Piano Academy of Bangkok, and video documentarian, Bangkok, Thailand

    • Advisor Jamila Wignot, Peabody, Emmy, and NAACP award-winning documentary filmmaker and PBS series director

Pain of Silence a feature length documentary that focuses on the struggles endured by traditional artists of Thailand and how the pandemic has magnified their challenges. To bring awareness to the plight of these artists and what can be done to preserve their work and culture, the film will explore:

  • Thai puppet theater Hun Lakom Lek
  • Grand shadow play Nang Yai Wat Khanon at the Wat Khanon Temple
  • The artistry of the Thai Song Dam, a minority ethnic group that migrated from Vietnam and Laos two centuries ago, that is on the verge of extinction
  • Thai ‘Pin’ guitar-like music performed by artist Bunma Khaowong that has been relegated from award winning status to busking

Pain of Silence is in Thai with English subtitles. It films this spring and will be promoted with social media campaigns and distributed to international film festivals.