"With a desire to combine various aspects of our individual practices, this project granted us a unique opportunity to learn from each other in the process of producing something completely new for us both. Our work shares a commitment to investigating the ways in which both personal and collective memory can be embodied by images and how this in turn can be a powerful tool for critical social reflection. Yet our work appears distinct from one another due to geographical, linguistic, and material differences. Much of Ben’s work has resulted from the pollination of documentary and fiction, while my approach tends to adopt realism as a form of cinematic practice that is more grounded in narrative fiction. It is within these differences that we choose to operate and to engage ourselves in the process of making a creative documentary, one which we could not otherwise accomplish without collaboration.
Shot on super16 film in static compositions, with occasional subtle camera movements, the film lingers on shots, taking its time to observe the movements of people, light and animals. The number 2562 in the title refers to the year of the film’s production (2019) according to the Buddhist calendar, which Thailand observes." – AS