The Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project

Cinema has long influenced the cultural architecture of Southeast Asian countries. From the early days of the medium, the people of the region have been active in both the productive and consumptive ends of the art. In recent decades, however, these “stand-alone” theaters have lost their primacy not only in Southeast Asia, but in much of the world. Far-reaching changes in living patterns, consumption patterns, and the film industry itself have created an environment hostile to these traditional entertainment venues, threatening all but the most tediously maintained of them. In response to their loss, photographer/researcher Philip Jablon has made it his mission to document as many of Southeast Asia’s old movie theaters as possible.

On view at Sofitel Luang Prabang on 7-12 December 2018 from 10am to 6pm.

Attend a talk with Philip Jablon on 9 December 2018 at 10am.

The Aung Tha Pyae Cinema (Yemethin, Mandalay Region, Myanmar)

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Hmong: a view from within

A project of the Young Lao Photographers Gallery, Hmong: a view from within is an exhibition of 24 photographs from @ My Library's latest photo book. Meet and greet the young Lao photographers as you take in the world through Hmong eyes. This is a timely event, as the Hmong New Year will be celebrated in Luang Prabang from December 8th through the 16th.

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On view at Amantaka Gallery on 8 December 2018 from 4pm until close.

Michelle Larson and Julie Cimpko

A collection of photography that documents local Buddhist monks, Monk Life in Luang Prabang is accompanied by a video that illuminates the photographers' process.

On view at La La Laos on 12 December 2018 from 2-4pm.


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Our Promise

A Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) campaign for Save the Children, Laos. Produced for Save the Children, Laos by Running Reel

In close cooperation with a Khmu community in Northern Laos, Noy District, “Our Promise” is a series of four documentaries and other media that encourage improved health, nutrition, and care for children in rural communities. With the generous help of Huay Ngon village, parents record the first 1,000 days after the conception of their child, revealing the hopes, fears, and triumphs of parenthood in these communities. 

Mary Dunbar of Save the Children will give a short talk at the beginning of the event, which will also feature musical performances by Mr. Vansay Somboun (Max) and Ms. Bounthavy Sayarath (Far). 

On view at Big Tree Café on December 10, 2018 6pm – 7.30pm

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