On September 26, 2021, H.E. Mr. Mungkorn Pratoomkaew, Thai Ambassador-designate to the Republic of South Africa, together with Team Thailand offices in Los Angeles attended the screening of “The Rescue”, a documentary film, at Regal L.A. Live, as part of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.
“The Rescue” is a documentary produced by National Geographic and directed by Oscar Award winners, Ms. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Mr. Jimmy Chin, revealing an incredible story of the mission to rescue 13 lives of Wild Boar Academy football team out from the flooded Tham-Luang Cave in Northern Thailand in 2018. The story was told from the perspective of the rescue teams on the scene, both Thai and foreign, stressing an important message that strong cooperation and dedication of people from different countries, languages, and cultures could make the impossible possible. The film production team also includes participation and coordination of Mr. Thanet Natisri, a Thai expert in groundwater management who played a pivotal role in diverting stream of floods away from the cave during the rescue mission.
After the screening, Ambassador Mungkorn held a working dinner in honor of Ms. Carolyn Bernstein, Executive Vice President of Scripted Content and Documentary Films for National Geographic, and The Rescue production team, to discuss a possibility to organize a private screening of the film exclusively for Thai community in Los Angeles in the near future as the movie can promote learnings from the incident and show how important cooperation, generosity, and selflessness matters to the global community.