Fireworks (Archives) is Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s offering to the potent spirits of his home region, shot in the sculpture park of a little-known nonconformist temple in the northeast of Thailand.
Two figures silently cross the frame in a nocturnal site filled with stone animals. Flashes of light radiate from the screen then fold back into the dense darkness, while an archival photograph shows a revolutionary whose last words prior to his execution were ‘dictatorship shall fall, democracy shall prevail’. This place, Weerasethakul says, is a manifestation of revolt. Free at heart, but forced to struggle, and to dream.