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Local Shorts

Several organizations in Luang Prabang have chosen film as a medium to convey a message. Whether for dissemination, art, documentation, training, or promotion, these short films have been produced with the intention of sharing a story via moving image. These organizations welcome you to watch their films and learn more about their activities.

Big Tree Cafe

Let’s Love (30’)
Director: Dorn Bouttasing
Let’s Love tells the story of Mai, a young Lao lesbian struggling to find acceptance and love in a socially conservative society that is not open to her sexual orientation. Through Mai’s complex relationships with her family, friends, and wider society, Let’s Love illuminates the many obstacles currently facing the LGBTQ community in Laos, making it the first film of its kind ever made in the Lao context.

Thongsy’s Story (6’)
Director: Adri Berger
Through meticulous care, a baby survives in the Lao Friends Hospital for Children.

Still I Rise (3’)
Director: Adri Berger
An experimental film inspired by the poem of the same name by Maya Angelou.

Luang Prabang from the Air (2’)
Director: Adri Berger
Aerial images of mountainous town.

Screenings at 5pm and on demand.


Lao Friends Hospital for Children

Lao Friends Hospital for Chidlren
Screenings at Friends Gallery

Looking Back (2’)
Director: Adri Berger
A brief summary of the achievements and work of the Lao Friends Hospital for Children in 2017.

Story of Thongsy (6’)
Director: Adri Berger
A heartwarming success story of a patient at the hospital.

Blood Drive LFHC (3’)
Director: Adri Berger
The importance and process of blood donations in Luang Prabang.

Thalassemia (4’)
Director: Dara Phathammavong
Learn about Thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder, and how it is treated.

For Their Future
(‘6)
Director: Sonepasith Phanphila (for the UN Joint Programme)

In northern Laos we see how reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) services are giving four families a better future.

Screenings on a loop and on demand.


Mandalao Elephant Conservation

The Last Mahout (16’)
Director: Tania Rose Esteban
Join Vee and Mae, two elephants that share an unbreakable bond, for a day in the life of a modern Mahout. Mahn is a matriarch Asian elephant in her prime, so the MandaLao and World Wildlife Fund Laos teams look at the incredible Nam Poui National Park as a potential release site to allow individuals like her to breed in the wild and rescue elephants. Laos was once known as the Land of a Million Elephants, but with only 400 wild elephants remaining, teaching elephants to live in the wild again might be our last hope to save this endangered species.

Screenings on demand.


@ My Library

The Value of Rice (7’)
Director: Sue Moua
A city girl learns the true value of rice on a trip to the countryside to her friend’s family.

The Lock (7’)
Director: Khai Moua
A hard lesson leads Te to learn to always lock his door.

Mr. Seng (7’)
Director: Souvanh Xayleethor
After an accident, Mr. Song becomes a more responsible, caring, young man.

Photography for Girls (7’)
Director: Khamphat Her
A young woman works to pursue her dream of studying photography and overcomes the societal obstacles in her way.

Other short films
Various Directors
A glimpse into the ideas that are important to Lao youth.

Screenings on demand.


Ock Pop Tok

Who We Are: The Ock Pop Tok Origin (5’)
Director: Ock Pok Tok
Ever wonder how a textile social enterprise comes to be? Learn how Ock Pop Tok went from a small shop selling just a few products to becoming one of the most important textile and artisanal institutions in South East Asia dedicated to maintaining fair trade principles.

Join Our Mission (3’)
Director: Ock Pop Tok
As a social enterprise Ock Pop Tok strives to make Luang Prabang a better place and a part of that is caring about their impact on the environment. Learn about Ock Pop Tok’s sustainability initiatives and steps their taking to minimize their carbon footprint and impact on the local community.

Experience for Yourself (3’)
Director: Ock Pop Tok
Laos is regarded as having one of the most diverse and thriving textile cultures of anywhere in Asia. A visit to Laos is incomplete without learning about its rich handicraft traditions. Learn about the fun and engaging activities offered at Ock Pop Tok’s Living Crafts Centre for visitors to discover Laos through textiles.

Screenings on a loop.


SevenOrients / Creative Seven Arts

(Screenings at Coconut Garden)

7 December 2018
Lao Silk, Fashion & Handicraft (44’)
Director: Peter Livermore
A program of 6 films about silk and fashion, ranging from natural dyeing techniques, promotional films for silk, fashion show clips, to Lao handicrafts.

8 December 2018
Discovering Laos (38’)
Director: Peter Livermore
A program of 4 films including 2 documentaries made for Xieng Khouang Museum which give an insight into the Second Indochina War and the Plain of Jars, followed by then a film about the Bolaven Plateau and Lao Coffee.

9 December 2018
Changing Laos (42’)
Director: Peter Livermore
Three films showing different facets of Laos. The first is a showcase of Lao business for integration into ASEAN, then follows a film on the Green Rice Landscapes program and on a research project about migration.

10 December 2018
Lao Culture (42’)
Director: Peter Livermore
A program showing three films about different aspects of Lao Culture comprising a documentary about the peoples of Xieng Khouang, a film about Lam Vong danse for the UNESCO candidature, and a third film on an archaeological discovery of another temple near Vat Phou.

11 December 2018
Discovering Laos (38’)
Director: Peter Livermore
A program of 4 films including 2 documentaries made for Xieng Khouang Museum which give an insight into the Second Indochina War and the Plain of Jars, followed by then a film about the Bolaven Plateau and Lao Coffee.

12 December 2018
Changing Laos (42’)
Director: Peter Livermore
Three films showing different facets of Laos. The first is a showcase of Lao business for integration into ASEAN, then follows a film on the Green Rice Landscapes program and on a research project about migration.

Screenings on a loop.


Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre

Stitching Our Stories: A Community Research Project (50’)
Directors: Bao Song, Passong Lee, Sia Yao, and Ma Ying
Stitching Our Stories: A Community Research Project is a partnership with PhotoForward, an international media arts program, and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC), a private museum in Luang Prabang, Laos. This trail-blazing project engages women and girls from Laos’ diverse ethnic communities to use photography, digital video, and community research to explore their unique cultural heritage, the vital roles of women, and the often-seismic impact that modernization is having on traditional beliefs and practices.

This film assembles four documentary shorts by the projects’ filmmakers: Bao Song, Pason Lee, Sia Yao, and Ma Ying. These examine the intricate artistry of Hmong batik and embroidery, as well as the complex and often challenging roles of the medicine women and shamans who care for the bodies and spirits of their communities.

These research films serve as valuable documents of ancient cultural practices with deep roots in the community’s identity, in addition to intimate portraits of the modern Lao women and men who have dedicated their lives to learning and refining their crafts.

Screening on a loop on the TAEC Patio.

Special Exhibition Multimedia: “Voices of the Wind: Traditional Instruments in Laos”
TAEC’s newest special exhibition envelops the visitor in a multi-sensory experience. Ethnomusicologist and curator Dr. Marie-Pierre Lissoir travelled to remote northern provinces of Laos in search of wind instruments to document their making, context in the community (rituals, celebrations, entertainment, etc.), and obtain recordings of musical performances in their traditional settings. The exhibit features videos documenting a Tai Dam Sen healing ceremony and the making of the Hmong mouth organ. Additionally, interactive iPad kiosks take visitors through additional on-demand video clips and photographs of different wind instruments played by ethnic musicians.

Short Anthropological Films made for TAEC (19')
Director: Peter Livermore
Six short films for individual choice and viewing in the exhibition on the khaen at TAEC, along with other exhibits and music samples. The short films include subjects on khaen fabrication and khaen music from the Hmong, the Katu, and from Huapanh, Vientiane and Champasak.

A small entrance fee is collected to enter the museum.