Getting Lao'd | 2017 | Texas Premiere

Directed by Steve Arounsack
40 min

Sun Jun 3 | 2:10 PM

After 25 years of silence, the private Lao music and film industries are reawakening. Filmed over 10 years, the documentary follows a new generation of young pioneers as they reimagine Lao media in a communist country. The film features many of the country's most prominent musicians and filmmakers, and is perhaps the most comprehensive examination of the media landscape in Laos. 

Many neighboring countries in Southeast Asia have seen their music and film industries remain vibrant. Media in Laos, however, remains shrouded in mystery due to its land-locked geography and restrictive political environment. This documentary provides an extremely rare look a new generation that tipped the cultural fulcrum - it is a story about a small country with a big heart.

Language English, Lao

Country or Origin United States

Genre Documentary Short

Dr. Steve Arounsack is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at California State University, Stanislaus, serving as the director of the Keck Visual Anthropology Lab (KVAL). He has coordinated several international film festivals focused on Southeast Asian cultures. Along with film festival selections and national broadcasts, his productions have earned distinctions from the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Tribeca Film Institute, and prominent international talent labs. Steve was born in Laos and grew up in California around a vibrant Lao community.

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