Directed by: Various
Runtime: 93 mins
Country: Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
Language: Cambodian, Burmese, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese
The Mekong River is a critical life source that runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. It has come under increasing threat caused by pollution from a series of massive dams, according to the Mekong River Commission (MRC). Initiated by the Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF), Mekong 2030 is a cross-border collaborative project to develop five short, narrative films that envision the state of the Mekong River in 2030. It is hoped that these films will raise awareness amongst international audiences on the issues affecting the river and its dependent communities. The filmmakers involved are Kulikar Sotho (Cambodia), Anysay Keola (Laos), Sai Naw Kham (Myanmar), Anocha Suwichakornpong (Thailand) and Pham Ngoc Lan (Vietnam).
Directed by: Kulikar Sotho
Language: Cambodian with English subtitles
Soul River is a cautionary tale framed as a lighthearted road (or, rather, river) movie. Set in 2030 in a remote northeast region of Cambodia, it urges contemporary audiences to reconsider their attitudes toward environmental degradation in light of the impact of climate change on the Mekong basin.
The Che Brother
Directed by: Anysay Keola
Language: Laotian with English subtitles
Xe returns to the nearly deserted Mekong fishing village in which he was raised. He intervenes in a dispute between his siblings over the ethics of exploiting their elderly mother’s blood. The blood has become a valuable commodity to a Western corporation that has been developing a cure for a deadly plague outbreak.
The Forgotten Voices of the Mekong
Directed by: Sai Naw Kham
Language: Burmese with English subtitles
This film tells a story of two women fighting to claim their lost spirits’ attachment to the Mekong River, while channeling community resilience toward its protection.
Directed by: Anocha Suwichakornpong
Language: Thai with English subtitles
As an artist prepares to open a new exhibition focusing on animism and river ecology, the boundaries between the artwork and the world it represents begin to merge into a site where different forms of knowledge converge.
The Unseen River
Directed by: Pham Ngoc Lân
Language: Vietnamese with English subtitles
This film tells a story about a middle-aged woman traveling upstream to find a lover she has not seen in 30 years. This is told alongside the tale of a young couple traveling downstream to a strange temple in search of a cure for chronic insomnia.
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