In the Shadows

By Xam Keodoungdy

Laos | In Lao with English subtitles | 2019 | 11 min 7 sec

 

In the Shadows offers a glimpse into the life of a shadow puppet theatre troupe in southern Laos, and their unwavering dedication to this traditional art form. The film presents scenes from a story in their repertoire, The Legend of Phalak and Pharam, a Lao iteration of the ancient Ramayana epic. In doing so, it brings to light the beauty of their artistry and passion as they seek to preserve their national literature in performance.

This film is also available for online viewing in Singapore, during the festival period 2-25 July 2021.

Xam Keodoungdy (b. 1992, Laos) is an emerging filmmaker. He was awarded a Lao Filmmakers Fund grant in 2019 from the Luang Prabang Film Festival for In the Shadows, and a Many Voices, One Laos grant in 2018 for The Apprentice Singer. His latest short film, Stone Buddha Statues, is a documentary on the art of stone carving in Pakse.

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