To depict new relationships built up in Northern Thailand during 12 years of observation on HIV patients’ life, and their relationship with others.
Riyo Naoi was born in 1970 in Ibaraki, Japan. After graduating in 1997 from Washington State University with a MA in Communications, she joined Asia Press International. She lived in Thailand from 1999 to 2010. Her first feature-length documentary, [Yesterday Today Tomorrow](2005) was invited to be screened at several film festivals including the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2005 , and won a prize at the 2006 Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival. It was also invited to be screened at several international Aids conference including the 7th International Congress on Aids in Asia and Pacific in Kobe (ICAAP 2005) and the HIV/AIDS Screening Conference in NY(2007) . [Path of Anna] which is supported by the Pusan International Film Festival ACF (AND the PanStar fund), is her second feature-length documentary. She is currently making a documentary at Kyoto University as a Ph.D candidate.
“Weaving the web of life together today and for tomorrow” depicts human relationships newly built up in Northern Thailand. The production took 12 years to observe social relations and connections between AIDS patients, villagers, hospital and NGO staff, which goes beyond blood relationships. It shows what enables us to stand up, and what gives us strength to fight on with life when we have lost our loved one, or when we get ill. Such questions are raised from economic, political and cultural points of view.