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“Heart of the Stream” wins first prize in the “Phummaree: Women’s Power to Preserve the Environment” short film contest to promote women’s roles in environmental conservation

Bangkok:Heart of the Stream”, a short film produced by students from Mahasarakham University, won first prize in the “Phummaree: Women’s Power to Preserve the Environment” short film contest organized by Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Public Company Limited (RATCH), in collaboration with Thailand Environment Institute (TEI). Mr.Ampol Senanarong, a Privy Councilor, presided over the award presentation ceremony.

The Phummaree: Women’s Power to Preserve the Environment project aims to promote the important roles that women play in local communities’ natural resources and environmental management, in support of the public sectors. This project helps strengthen women’s potential in communities across Thailand, as well as publicize and recognize her dedication in natural resources and environmental stewardship. The short film contest helps to publicize women’s performance and contributions to environmental and natural resources stewardship by presenting the viewpoint of a third person. The theme of this year’s contest was “women as role models in natural resources and environmental management.”

Mr.Rum Herabat, RATCH CEO, said, “We launched the Phummaree: Women’s Power to Preserve the Environment project in 2015, with an aim to promote women’s roles in managing community resources. The project is rooted in three principles : good governance and supporting local resource management in a fair manner, participation to ensure that management suits local needs and ways of life, fostering a sense of ownership and winning community acceptance, and sustainable development that stresses management achieving economic, social, and environmental benefits. This short film competition reflects women’s potential in maintaining Thailand’s natural resources and environment, and inspires people to take care of the world around them.

“Efforts to promote the roles played by women and gender equality are important in achieving sustainable development in many countries worldwide, including Thailand. It is obvious that women often play leading and supporting roles in driving the success for natural resources and environmental conservation. As a mother, women are mainly responsible for their children. If we proactively promote women to protect our environment, including soil, forest, water sources, waste management, and local resources, it will help to develop and improve local resources, and strengthen communities. I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the winners for helping to promote women’s power in society, and highlighting her increasing role in natural resources and environmental management. I believe these short films will increase awareness about equality and empower women to take part in conservation. This will also encourage all relevant sectors to actively care for our environment and natural resources,” added Mr. Rum.

Heart of the Stream, a short film, won first prize in the student category. The Hua Jai Sai Nam team from Mahasarakham University produced the film, and Aunty Fun Mekham, a woman who loves her hometown, appeared as narrator. She observed that turtles never give up when looking for a source of water, and how this lead villagers to create a retention basin, or the Monkey Cheek project, to store water during droughts. Due to the success of her project, supported by the government, her villagers of Baan Song Khon in Muang, Mahasarakham, appointed her its head for two consecutive terms.

For the 2015 short film contest, 79 short films joined the competition, with nine outstanding short films winning awards:

Awards For students For public
First prize

Heart of the Stream

Hua Jai Sai Nam team

from Mahasarakham University
No winner
First runner-up prize


3G team
No winner
Second runner-up prize

Aunty Rada’s Garden

Lomorainbow production team
No winner
Honorable mention

Rattanada : Phumaree of Tanawsri

ICC tourism industry team

A Lady Reviving Wildlife

RakLok (Love the Earth)team
Honorable mention

Aunty Chaluoi

by the Rung Arun School team

My Grandma’s Name is Boonruang

ARABE team
Honorable mention

Teacher of Garbage

Satree Kaow Kaw

(Green and White Lady) team

Sky High Vegetable

Khan Kathi

(Coconut Milk Squeezing) team

The winner, first runner-up, second runner-up, and those winning honorable mentions will receive prizes valued at 70,000 baht, 50,000 baht, 30,000 baht, and 10,000 baht respectively.


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