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oliver_smithCheck out this YouTube video about a tourist  (James aka Oliver Smith) visiting Thailand. He loses his VISA and has a really tough and educational vacation. Ultimately, the story is about making judgments and making friends, with some rock throwing at a truck, the kindness of a pretty girl buying drinks, and a whole town looking for his lost bag with lanterns in the middle of the night.

Within the 5 minute narrative, this “story” introduces interesting personalities, tension (with James looking for his lost bag and being unfamiliar with the language and culture) and an incredible arc about finding a new home. The ending is funny and well written — you won’t believe what happened to that pesky bag. I don’t know if this is real world, art imitating life, or if Oliver Smith is just flexing his creative muscles. Either way, it’s very well done.

I’ve watched it four times! If this was a movie trailer, I’d be heading to the theater.


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