Thai TV news features Motala, an elephant landmine survivor at the Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital in Lampang, Thailand, walking and putting a significant amount of her body weight onto her new prosthetic limb.

Motala puts weight on her prosthesis, as shown on Thai TV news.

Motala puts weight on her prosthesis, as shown on Thai TV news.

This is a wonderful sign after a few issues with her previous prostheses: one crumpled as she tried to stand up, and the “ankle joint” of another fell off while she walked.  It appears the Prostheses Foundation has made the necessary adjustments and Motala is trusting the device to hold her as she walks.

If you’d like to witness Motala’s first steps, please join me for the premiere of the new work-in-progress clip of The Eyes of Thailand on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 in San Francisco, CA.  For details, click here.

Please note that the production phase of the film is complete and we’re actively raising the “finishing funds” to edit and distribute the documentary in 2010. All donations made at the event, or online through our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Film Society, are tax-deductible.

If you cannot attend the event—or wish to make a tax-deductible donation ahead of time—please visit The Eyes of Thailand web page and Click the “Donate Now” link. It will connect you to the secure online donation page for the SFFS.

You can also follow our progress on Facebook, Indiegogo and Twitter.

Thank you for all your continued support and I hope to see you there!


Windy Borman
Producer, Writer and Director, The Eyes of Thailand

P.S. For those of you outside the San Francisco Bay Area, I will post the new clip on Vimeo for 24 Hours and release the password after the October 21st event. Please stay tuned!