ษาณฑ์ อุตมโชติ
“Because I am human”

cultural producer/
film director /

- based in berlin

Sarnt Utamachote © 2024

Berlin 2019-2020 / Rotterdam, Netherlands 2020
3 Channels Video Installation (Loop, 14 Minutes)

-or- Short Film (5 Minutes)

Originally part of exhibition/programm “Sacred Beings”
- curated by Darunee Terdtoontavedeej

Director/Producer: Sarnt Utamachote
Text Proofreader: Rosalia Namsai Engchuan
Camera: Klaus Salminen

Cast: Panlert Sriprom, Kodchawarn Chaiyabutr,
Krisanta Caguioa-Moennich, Lea Millares-Sylvester,
Riako Napitupulu, Raras Theresa Farah Umaratih,
Ayra Velasquez Dimaapi, Nyugen Phuong Huyen,
Yustina Haryanti

Assistant: Alexandr Lange, Christine Paulus, Giovanni Giorgi

Thanks: Belle Phromchanya, Rosalia Engchuan, Ben Mergelsberg,
un-thai-tled Berlin, Botanical Garden Berlin,
Circle1 Gallery Berlin, Jungle Bar Berlin

exhibition view at (facade window of) Sinema Transtopia, November 2021, Berlin

exhibition view at Het Nieuwe Instituut, January 2020, Rotterdam : photo by IFFR


I Am Not Your Mother


where the colonizer undresses her, the native’s nakedness stares back at him both as the defiled image of his creation and as the indifferent gaze that says, “there was nothing - no secret - to be unveiled underneath my clothes. That secret is your phantasm”
(Rey Chow, Writing Diaspora: Tactics of Intervention in Contemporary Cultural Studies, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1993, pp. 52)

Sacred Beings” Panel Discussion (EN), Review by Mark Williams (Circuit) at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020

Queer Against The Norm (Dutch), Review by Dana Linssen (NRC)
at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020

The touristic voyage gaze does not only create an object but also implies the desires and longings of the subject who stares and grasps. The westerners journey to know about oneself becomes a search for a counter-narrative where the new ‘orient’ is believed to provide the answer to lost origins and a shelter from problems.

In doing so they have appropriated the notion of ‘collective’ and ‘native’ and obscure the damages caused by imperialist attempts at colonization and power exploitation. Many do not recognize the lifestyles of non-westerns who do not submit to western standards with regard to fashion, self-narratives and occupied space. Many expect non-westerns to be passive and modest victims, available to offer them care and a sense of belonging.

With these videos, I want to convey to audiences the uncanniness of these relationships; as if they were orphaned and were to be adopted by the indigenous ‘mother entities’.

photos by IFFR





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2017 - 2016 (Showreel)

︎Trash #1 - Plastic (2016) (Short Film)

︎Get Out (2022) as Editor : Music Video by Aka Kelzz

︎Hundefreund (2022) as Editor : Short Film by BIPOC Film Society,
Directed by Maissa Lihedheb, Produced by Sailesh Naidu and Lamin Leroy Gibba

[BFI Flare / Tribeca / NOMINATED National German Short Film Price /
 1st WINNER GERMAN COMPETITION, Interfilms 2022]

︎Lemon (2021) as DOP/Co-Director : Music Video by Michael Loves Michael

︎Yeye (2021) as Editor : Dance Film with Video Installation
by Lois Alexander, 
Produced by Sophiensaele

︎Poetry Filmmaking (2020) at Oyoun Berlin as Editor :
Short Clip by Maissa Lihedheb and Chima Okerengwo (BIPOC Film Society Berlin)

︎Shame (2020) as Editor : Music Video by Lie Ning - Charity for GLADT e.V.

︎Beyond the kitchen: Stories from Thai Park (2020)
: Exhibition at Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (Promo Clip for exhibition guidetour)

︎Akin (2019) at Somos Gallery
: Performance by Theresa Lekberg, Riako Napitupulu, Ariel Orah and Samaquias Lorta

︎Miss Ms N.N. (2019)
: Theater Piece by Frederika Tsai, David Di Palo and Hannah Elischer

︎Erik Leuthäuser “In the land of Irene Kral”live at A-Trane Berlin (2019) 

︎Fifty-Three (2019) (Music Video for Alex’s Hand)

︎Vienna House Andel’s and Vienna House Easy (Promo Clip for Vienna House Berlin)

︎Thai Evening in Berlin 2019 Aftermovie (Promo Clip for un.thai.tled)

︎Wong Echo & Jan K Mixjam July (2019)  (Promo Clip for un.thai.tled)

︎Feel Festival 2019 Aftermovie (2019)

︎Peter Meyer & Heloise Lefreyes ‘Hymnolia’ (2019)

︎Acoustic Rob Promo Clips (2019)

︎Seen (2018) at ZÖNOTÉKA Gallery
: Installation, with Performance by Pierre Depaz & Salber Lee Willaims)

︎Rhino (2018) : Theater Piece Trailer by Salber Lee Williams)

︎Mia Knapp Jacobsen (Rosemarine) live at A-Trane Berlin (2018)

︎Erik Leuthäuser “Wünschen” live at A-Trane Berlin (2018)

︎Henning Richter India Tour (2017) - as Editor




External Projects

(further film-set experiences)

2019 / Salon Gloria / Fabio Thieme / Fiction Short Film / as Gaffer

2019 / Darkroom / Rosa von Praunheim / Fiction Feature Film / as Extra

2019 / Tea Time: Ethics of Deign / Ben Mergelsberg (Wrangelfilm), Adobe Creative Cloud / Promotional Video /
as Gaffer, Director Assistant

2019 / Welcome to my world / Arin Rungjang, Sunprince Foundation / Video Installation / as Gaffer

2019 / Whiskey Store / Klaus Salminen (Nordic Media House), Broken Jug Ramblers / Music Video / as Director Assistant

2018 / Butterfly with Greeneyes / David Salman / Music Video / as Set Photographer, Gaffer

2018 / Don’t be afraid / Linda Paganelli, Klaus Salminen (Nordic Media House) / Documentary Feature Film / as Director Assistant

2018 / Fremde / Patrick Schorn (Friendship Films) / Middle-Length Fiction Film / as Extra

2018 / Exposed / Leonor von Salish (XO Berlin) / Fashion Film / as Gaffer

2018 / Omid Feroozi: Die neue Heimat (2018)  / Masih Tahzai, I-Am Street Berlin ︎  / as Set Photographer

2017 / Love / Wisanu Phu-artdun (Bauhaus University) / Fashion Film / as Gaffer, Editor

2016 / SM; Les Sadiques  / Alexander Bakshaev / Fictional Feature Film / as Co-writer, Executive Producer