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No Word for Worry

No Word for Worry

At the heart of Project Moken is a feature length documentary written and directed by Runar Jarle Wiik.
Norwegian Premiere 19th March 2014 at Eurodok

Hook is one of the last sea nomads; a young man now being forced to undertake a perilous voyage to salvage the remains of his culture, and try to create the foundation for a sustainable lifestyle for his peers.


On an island in the Mergui archipelago outside Burma and Thailand, the young speardiver Hook of the Moken sea-nomads wonders what the future holds. He was raised on the family’s Kabang (ancient dug-out sailing vessel) with the ocean as his universe. Like his peers, Hook grew up as much below water as above; he learned to swim before he could walk. He knows all the signs of the ocean; he knows every coral, plant and fish. As a nomad of the sea, time is measured in seasons and his language holds no word for “hello” or “goodbye”. Today his indigenous lifestyle is under threat. His people have never held a national citizenship; they have no legal rights. Hook’s brother Ngui struggles daily to keep his family alive and well. Hooks father, Jao, suffers from a heart condition due to exploitation in the blast fishing industry, and is placed in housing projects on the mainland. Jao is one of the last remaining elders who still knows the ancient art of building Kabangs – the key to their life and legacy. Now the Moken are restrained from harvesting the tree needed to build a Kabang; today the trees are there to make the rich wealthier.

The younger generation hardly knows which species to utilize. Spurred on by his ailing father, Hook has learned that if he can get to the few remote hidden tribes off the coast of Burma, he can seek out his cousins and perhaps get a tree to build his Kabang, with his father teaching the young. Thus, manifesting their identity as Moken when forced to face changing times. This voyage is long and treacherous; he has to navigate in the stormy monsoon season, keep out of sight from random robbers, and avoid arrest by the Burmese who patrol the seas and routinely imprison the Moken for arbitrary reasons. Hooks quest also pulls him deep into the mysterious and spiritual ocean realm of the Moken, and at the same time bring him face to face with “new” values from the modern world – because inherent in these peaceful Moken, the concept of time and urgency don’t exist, and with no words for “mine”, “take” or “I want” – how can he fight for his rights? How does one face this future, we wonder, when in the Moken language there exists No word for Worry … ?

Director’s statement:
The Moken are one of the few human cultures left on the planet that point us to what we may have lost on the way to modernity. Today they are the last sea-nomads still spending their entire life at sea aboard their ocean-crossing dug-out boats (Kabang). What is it that they might still offer us in our fast paced lives that we’ve forgotten about? Now under threat, their ways may soon fade and slip away, and the cultural fabric of the world impoverished by their loss. I want to tell the Moken’s story to the world, so we may know them and what they represent, and very possibly learn a thing or two about human development. I will be filming inside the world of one of the most isolated small scale traditional societies left on the planet, the marine nomadic Moken people, who live at sea in the Mergui Archipelago off the coast of Burma,

and on Mu Koh Surin; an island group far out in the Andaman Sea on the border between Burma and Thailand. I have been developing this film with them for more than five years and I know them intimately. I count them as friends as much as subjects and that connection will allow me to construct this film.
In the past ten years the population of free-roaming Moken have gone from over 10000 to well under 2000. Time is running out. Our main character, Hook, has become a close personal friend of mine. His people have expressed that although they are usually unwilling to relate to strangers (outsiders), they are now
unreservedly positive towards my film initiative and the works of Project Moken.

                                                                                                                                                         Runar J. Wiik

No Word For Worry Trailer

Teaser for the film

This documentary film “No Word for Worry” is to be produced through the company Hallum & Jensen AS / Department Ten Thousand Images in Norway in co-production with the acclaimed Nomad Films Inc in Canada and Vilda Bomben AB in Sweden.

For more information on Director Runar Jarle Wiik go here

More info on the Project Moken team

Complete list of credits:

You have met…

Nguk Suriyan Katale (Hook)
Ngui Tawan Katale
Jao & Juri


Athittaya Kakunit (Ya), Salama, Magniao, Jalé, Keng, the SeaStar Andaman staff and crew, the Moken on Surin and Lampi, and in Jalam and Sale Galet & the people of Koh Lone

With voiceover introduction by:

Mandy-Rae Krack

Production Team:

Writer/Director: Runar Jarle Wiik
Producers: Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas & Christian Lien Jensen

Co-Producers: Mark Johnston, Amanda Handy, Fredrik Lange

Cinematography: Runar Jarle Wiik (Thailand & Surin), Patrik Säfström (Surin & Myanmar)

Underwater Photographer: Henrik Konradsdal

Underwater Supervisor: Thor Gjeseth

Production Manager: Tanit Noisuchon

Location Manager: Nguk Tawan Katale

Location Scouts: Zayár Tom, Kyaw Kyaw Oo

Stills Photographer: Sofie Olsen

Boom Operator: The nearest available person

Key Assistants: Potjanee Noisuchon (Jip), Pia Eide (Thailand), Anonymous (Myanmar)

Special Advisor: Lawan Jirasuradej

Special Consultants: Dr. Narumon Hinshiranan, Peder Norlund

Behind-the-scenes: On Youtube
Shot & Cut by: Henrik Konradsdal in cooperation with Pia Eide

Research Underwater Photographer: Christopher East at Waterworks Productions


Captains: Tanit Noisuchon, Runar Jarle Wiik, Freddy Storheil, Nguk Suriyan Katale (Hook)

Boatmen & Women: Boonlert Kohkawee (Hem), Rath Sridakul (Ratt), Anothai Matsri (Bao), Watcharachai Banghiran (An), Apichat Cotapamon (Bai), Ngui Tawan Katale, Duan of Surin, Krang from Jalam, Keyse Storheil

On Board Poet: Bjarne Benjaminsen


S/Y Vanja, Colona II, Fighter, The last original sailing Kabang


Camera & Grip: Incitus, Jarle Bjørknes

Underwater Camera Housing: Ten Thousand Images / Hallum & Jensen AS

Lighting Equipment: Chr. Quartz Lighting, Christian Berrum


FX Scuba, Henrik & Sarina Konradsdal
Lucky Run, Tanit & Nan Noisuchon
Video 4, Vegard Paulsen
Gates Underwater Products, John Ellerbrock & Pamela Mazey Mertz


Editor: Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas

Translators: Catarina Johansen, Lawan Jirasuradej, Ngui Tawan Katale, Nguk Suriyan Katale, Tanit Noisuchon, Potjanee Noisuchon

Sound Design: Håkon Lammetun

Online Editor: Jon T. Skjerven

Colorist: Fredrik Harreschou

Visual Post-Production Co-ordinator: Peder Kristiansen

Titles Designer: Tormod Glomnes

Subtitles: Martin Thorshaug

Editing Consultants: Peder Norlund, Tore Rygh, Inge-Lise Langfeldt, Eirin Gjørv, Erland Edenholm

Post Production Facilities: Ten Thousand Images, Nesoddparken, Fragments, Lydhodene, Newbox


Composer: Georg Buljo

Vocals: Susanna, Nguk Suriyan Katale (Hook)

Double Bass: Gjermund Silset

All other instruments: Georg Buljo

Theme Song: “No Word for Worry” Written and performed by Georg Buljo, vocals by Susanna. Duippidit / Ten Thousand Images © 2014

Recording Studios: Duippidit Audio Laboratorium, Oslo. Grand Sport West, Los Angeles


Pier 42, Steven & Peung
OrkidéEkspressen, Arne Storlimo
Greenview Resort, Khun Chan
Captains Den, Nattiwan Jullawat


Content Producers: Runar Jarle Wiik, Kristian Bye, Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas, Christian Lien Jensen

Logo & Design: Tormod Glomnes at Newbox

Web Design: Jean Bosio at Rabagast

Campaign Produced by: Kristian Bye, Monica Rosengren, Martin Klausen, Markus Lind, Thomas Lein at APT

App Creator: Andy Truong at Appative

Interactive Consultants: Kristian Bye, Cecilie Stranger-Thorsen, Catalin Tutunaro

Development Forums: Veien til Forum 2010, Filmkontakt Nord, Crossover Labs OZEUXO 2011, DocXChange / HotDocs 2011, Nordisk Panorama 2011, Dokumentarkonventet 2011, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011/2012, Tromsø Internasjonale Film Festival 2012, Asian Side of the Doc 2013


(in alphabetical order)
Aage Aaberge, Bjørn Eivind Aarskog, Mark Atkin, Sarah Barton, Julie LeBrocquy, Morten & Hanne Buljo, Lena Bumiller, Peter Bøe, Rakphon Charoenphanit, Chill Out Divers, Arne Emil Christensen, Celine Cousteau, Cooks of Koh Lone, Ian Donald, Josefine Eberg, Endre Eldøy, Kikki Hjort Engelbrekston, Sutintorn Namkaew Fyrbu, Caryn Groce, Malfrid Hovsveen Hallum, Emma Rowena Hansen, Kurt Hanson, Morten Haslerud, Majhid Heath, Janic Heen, Thom Henley, Narumon Hinshiranan, PeÅ Holmquist, Synøve Holter, Åmund Johannesen, Catarine Johansen, Karin Johansson-Mex, Nattiwan Jullawat, Pål Karlsen, Katrine Kiilgaard, Geir Kløver, Francesca Koe, Sarina Konradsdal, Kon-Tiki Museum, Joakim Kramer, Vera Kvaal, Tonje Lien, Nicolay Lange-Nielsen, Inge-Lise Langfeldt, Alex Lee, Miriam Lee, Eilert Munch Lund, Erlend Eirik Mo, Arild Molstad, Amy Cheng Munthe-Kaas, Peder Norlund, Norsk Maritimt Museum, Torstein Nybø, Barbara Orton, Jan Palmers, Jan Rofekamp, Tonje Schei, Heidi Sheehan, Ida Marie Simers, Frøydis & Trygve Skaug-Andersen, Vidar Starion, Lowan Stewart, Reidar Solsvik, Simon Valentine, Iikka Vehkalahti, Eric Vogel, Njål Junge Wiik, Svein Asmund Wiik, Vanya Cheng Wiik, Yuni Cheng Wiik, Espen Wæhle, Stephan Østensen.


Rolleif Østrem, Truls Thue – Tallassistenten, Jarle Klæboe & Anders Klæboe – Filmregnskap, Kristine Strande Hansen, Anne Gudrid Tomterstad – Partner Revisjon, Per-Arne Auster – Vardens Revisjonskontor.


Marit Odden & Lasse Kvalnes – Lyberg og Partnere


Norwegian Film Institute
Commissioning Editor: Maria Fuglevaag Warsinska-Varsi
Production Advisor: Ola Hunnes
Consultant: Kristine Ann Skaret

Viken Filmsenter
Commissioning Editor: Harry Guttormsen
CEO: Tom Rystad
Consultant: Sirin Eide

Fond for Lyd og Bilde
(Arts Council Norway)

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation
Commissioning Editor: Tore Tomter

Sveriges Television
Commissioning Editor: Axel Arnö

Executive Producer
Runar Jarle Wiik

Festival Distribution
Toril Simonsen, NFI


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