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People on Sunday


A reinterpretation, a response and a homage to a pioneered German silent film Menschen Am Sonntag; however, this response is done from a different context, a different country, different era and different working conditions.

Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday) is a 1930 German film dubbed  “a film without actors,” shot exclusively on Sundays. The story goes that its cast of non-actors were amateurs with regular jobs. So what were they doing on Sundays? Chilling in the park or actually working an extra day?

In People on Sunday, a Thai response to the German original, the homage is just a pretext for writer and director Tulapop Saenjaroen to interrogate the capitalist dynamics of labour in the moving image industry, and deep dive into our asphyxiating lives that constantly demand productivity. From Thai actors playfully framed recreating scenes from Menschen am Sonntag to an incisive monologue dissecting the state of mind that “a person’s value is determined by their work,” People on Sunday embraces a metacinematic look while blurring the lines between fiction and documentary. And when we can’t cope with interpreting images anymore, there’s a deluge of pop-inflected video clips to give our brains a rest.

Ren Scateni

Director filmography: A Room with a Coconut View (2018), Nightfall (2016), Distinction (2011), The Return (2008)


  • Director Tulapop Saenjaroen
  • Country Thailand
  • Year 2020
  • Duration 21 min
  • Scottish Premiere


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