Parasite Family

Parasite Family is constructed from old film negatives discovered in an out-of-business film lab. Using analog and digital editing techniques, Prapat Jiwarangsan breathes new energy into these old films. He accompanies them on their journey from the world of analog to the world of digital, and finally to the world of AI-generated images and NFT artworks. Suggesting that these faces represent a certain kind of family that is parasitic on Thai society—the kind of families and institutions that absorb wealth and power—they gradually evolve into a new species of monsters.
by Prapat Jiwarangsan Thailand 2021 Without dialogue 5’ Colour World premiere


Written and Directed by Prapat Jiwarangsan
Editing Prapat Jiwarangsan
Executive Producer Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn
Producer Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn

Produced by

Prapat Jiwarangsan Studio

Prapat Jiwarangsan

Prapat Jiwarangsan is a visual artist and film director from Thailand. In his creative explorations, he incorporates a variety of media, particularly photography, slides, and videos, to investigate and represent the relationships between history, memory, and politics in Thailand – especially in relation to the theme of migration. Jiwarangsan graduated from the Royal College of Art (RCA) and has spent the last six years researching and making artwork that tackles the issues faced by migrant workers in Southeast Asia, a notable result of which is Ploy, selected in 2021 for Forum Expanded.

Filmography (selection)

2009 Mirror Mask; 2 min. 2010 The Measure of Time; 12 min. · Hope to Dwell in Fear; video installation 2012 I Will Never Smile Again; video installation 2014 Artists Sick; 4 min · In the Asylum Garden; video installation 2015 Dok-Rak (The Asylum); 9 min. 2016 Aesthetics 101; 3 min. · Dust Under Feet; video installation · Asylum Seeker: The Pond and the Firefly; video installation 2018 The Wandering Ghosts; 20 min. · Destination Nowhere; 7 min. 2019 Nocturnal Flowers; video installation · Non-chronological History; video installation · Aesthetics 101; video installation 2020 Ploy; 51 min., Forum Expanded 2021 2021 Parasite Family; 5 min., video installation, Forum Expanded 2022 2023 Myanmar Anatomy

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024