Living with the Tiger

Living with the Tiger

Living with the Tiger

Please read to the bottom of this article to learn how you can win a copy of this DVD before it’s release date & to see the production trailer.

Living with the Tiger is a feature length documentary by British Filmmaker Mike Thomas about a group of HIV infected orphans in the Lopburi province of Thailand that have been abandoned by society.

Baan Gerda children-Living with the Tiger

Instead of focusing on the destructive nature of this disease and the havoc it wreaks the filmmaker decided to focus on the impact the disease has on society by following a group of orphans as they integrate themselves back into society while still dealing with their disease. HIV in and of itself is enough to deal with but  many of these children have also endured the loss of their parents to HIV as well as having their extended families turn their backs on them, leaving them to fend for themselves.

Living with the Tiger follows two such boys lives over 3 years as they try to reintegrate back into their community and families that once left them to die in hospice care. Luckily these children were given a second chance at life in the small village of  Baan Gerda were they were loved and taken care of, and where they came to grips with the terrible disease that took much away from them in their young lives.

Living with the Tiger isn’t a story of the predictable HIV outcomes but an inspirational tale of triumph over adversity, about children who are changing peoples views of HIV and enlightening the public about the disease and those who are not only infected, but affected by it.

The children’s story is actually a tale within a tale as the film frames their story through their ambitious performance in a specially written opera,composed by Bruce Gaston, and performed to audiences in Bangkok and the countryside. It shows their early attempts at playing musical instruments and acting, through to the finale and a major concert in Khon Kaen.

Living with the Tiger Opera Baan Gerda Kids in Opera Living with the Tiger kids

Although the children are taken care of and and by all appearances are happy and healthy, Living with the Tiger highlights the secondary problem with HIV which is often as destructive and deadly as the disease itself, stigma and discrimination. Every day people affected with HIV lose their jobs, homes, friends and family due to fear and misinformation about the disease. HIV is still seen by many people as a disease that only affects gay people, drug users or those working in the sex industry when in fact HIV now affects people in every country from every walk of life.

British Filmmaker Mike ThomasThe filmmakers hope Living with the Tiger provides a better future for these children living with HIV as well as raising awareness of the disease, the stigma surrounding it and the deep rooted fears that many still hold regarding HIV.

Director Mike Thomas:

When you see the vitality of the children you know that they can make a contribution to society and they have a role to play. Theyshould be given that opportunity. People need to understand that their fears are unfounded and the children pose no danger

Living with the Tiger Screenings

March 14th: Foreign Correspondents Club Bangkok. 8pm-10pm

March 17th: Pratravadi Theatre, Bangkok. 8pm-10pm

Both of these screenings are open to the public and FREE. Reservations must be made at

For much more information on Living with the Tiger please visit the official website Living with the Tiger or their Living with the Tiger Facebook page.

For more information on the great work being done at Baan Gerda and to learn how you can sponsor a child or make a donation please visit:

Baan Gerda

Living with the Tiger Giveaway

There are quite a few good causes that I support here in Thailand but few of them pull at the heart strings like Living with the Tiger and Baan Gerda which is run by the Bangkok based Childrens Rights Foundation.

These adorable children deserve to have full rewarding lives filled with love and hope and you can help them.

Over the past 3 1/2 years I have been blogging about Thailand I’ve met, worked with and helped many Thailand bloggers in our community and now I’m asking for your help to get the word out about Living with the Tiger and Baan Gerda.

I will be giving away 3 copies of the Festival edition DVD of Living with the Tiger as well as making a donation to Baan Gerda in each of the winners names.

The winners will be chosen at random from blog comments made on this post that meet the qualifications*.

Once the winners are chosen I will make a donation of $28 in the winners name at the Living with the Tiger website and the festival edition DVD will be sent to the winners address. I will then make a donation in the winners name for the same amount at the Baan Gerda website. 3 winners will be chosen.

Qualifications to win Living with the Tiger DVD

You must do any 1 of the following activities and then come back to this blog post and post a link to what you’ve done or tell us about it.

  • Retweet this article
  • Share this article on Facebook
  • Write a blog post about Living with the Tiger ( you don’t have to mention this site or post )
  • Post on your wall at Facebook about Living with the Tiger
  • Tweet about Living with the Tiger 10 separate times over 2 weeks ( throw in an @landofsmiles at the end so I can see them )
  • DO anything to promote Living with the tiger and come back here and tell us about it.

That’s it…help get the word out about this remarkable film and you could win one of 3 festival edition DVD’s of Living with the Tiger with the donation going to the film project and to Baan Gerda in your name.

CONTEST ENDS: March 5th at Midnight Thailand time. The winners will be announced on Sunday March 6th.

Living with the Tiger Film trailer


Living with the Tiger


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21 Responses to Living with the Tiger
  1. Catherine
    February 24, 2011 | 8:48 pm

    Talen, this looks to be a wonderful cause (and you know how much I love a good cause). I’ll do what I can to get the word out.
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  2. Ian Hoskins
    February 24, 2011 | 9:57 pm

    I have been following the progress of Living with the Tiger since I first heard about it more than na year ago. I really look forward to attending a Bangkok screening. I have shared the Living with the Tiger Website on FaceBook with all my friends and I will do the same with this article. I am lucky to have friends all over the World so I have spread the message to UK, Australia, USA, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan and the Nederlands, via my fiends in these countries.
    Good luck getting Living with the Tiger screened all over the World.

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  4. Paul Garrigan
    February 25, 2011 | 5:33 am

    Hi Talen, great stuff and a good cause. I’ll do what I can to promote it. I worked in Lopburi for a few years and have personally benefited from a local charitable programme (Thamkrabok).
    Paul Garrigan recently posted..Dead Drunk is Now Available as an eBook on Kindle and Some Other NewsMy Profile

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  6. Bangkok Sightseeing
    February 25, 2011 | 9:40 am

    Thanks for promoting it – I’ll blog about it too.
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  7. Bangkok Sightseeing
    February 25, 2011 | 10:59 am

    HIV Kids in Thailand…

    Editor: This one is not about sightseeing in Bangkok – but it’s about something that is meaningful and important. We hope you understand why we share it here anyway, even though it is off-topic. It’s a good thing that affects Thailand…

  8. Talen
    February 25, 2011 | 1:53 pm

    You guys all rock!

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  10. Snap
    February 25, 2011 | 8:42 pm

    All done :) A great cause!
    Snap recently posted..Living with the TigerMy Profile

  11. Claudio Sennhauser
    February 26, 2011 | 6:00 pm

    Thanks for making me aware of this upcoming documentary. I hope I’ll be able to get to one of the two showings in Bangkok – if not, I’ll surely enjoy watching the DVD.
    Claudio Sennhauser recently posted..Living with the TigerMy Profile

    • Talen
      February 27, 2011 | 7:32 pm

      Claudio, Thanks for taking the time to tweet about it :)

  12. Mike Thomas
    February 27, 2011 | 11:01 am

    Hi, it’s Mike from Living with the Tiger. I just wanted to say a big thanks to all you guys for helping to promote the film and Baan Gerda. It’s really difficult to get a film like this seen by the public so your efforts will definitely help a lot. Hope you can make it to one of the screenings. Please say hi if you come along.

    • Talen
      February 27, 2011 | 7:33 pm

      It’s the least we can do for such a great cause.

      We’ll keep it going too!

  13. Lani
    February 27, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    OH I do wish they’d come to Chiang Mai. Distant Haze (a performance by a Cambodian circus/dance group) was here last month and it was very well received. We’re cultured up here too!
    Lani recently posted..i am man hear me roarMy Profile

    • Talen
      February 27, 2011 | 7:35 pm

      lani, cultured? Chiang Mai? Really ? :P

      Maybe we can get a screeing of Living of the Tiger to happen in Chiang Mai as well.

  14. Malcolm
    February 27, 2011 | 8:31 pm

    Talen, My latest post is Living with The Tiger, thsanks for bring this to our attention, Lots of good causes in the world and this looks like one we can get behind and support.
    Malcolm and Ciejay
    Malcolm recently posted..Living with the TigerMy Profile

  15. Mike Thomas
    February 28, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Lani. we’d love to show it in Chiang Mai! Our plan, if we can find a sponsor, is to organise screenings in educational establishments, companies, festivals etc.. I think a lot depends on how successful the Bangkok screenings are.

  16. N.K
    March 15, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    Great work !
    Congratulation for the film ,It open my eyes more for HIV-kid’s life .Thank you Mike & British Embassy to made it possible ! I watch this at FCCT. Maneeya Building ,14 March 2011 .
    I wish there is more things todo and created afer this great job . Thump up!

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