Programmer:  Helene Ouvrard is a festival programmer based in Vientiane.   Programme Description:  Music and dance form the common thread of life experiences for the people of Laos.
       
     
Music Saves My Soul by Xaisongkham Induangchanthy
       
     
Please Don't Tell Me How to Be Perfect by Sophie Vongkhamsao
       
     
Melody of Change by Ka Xiong
       
     
  Programmer:  Helene Ouvrard is a festival programmer based in Vientiane.   Programme Description:  Music and dance form the common thread of life experiences for the people of Laos.
       
     

Programmer: Helene Ouvrard is a festival programmer based in Vientiane.

Programme Description: Music and dance form the common thread of life experiences for the people of Laos.

Music Saves My Soul by Xaisongkham Induangchanthy
       
     
Music Saves My Soul by Xaisongkham Induangchanthy

A portrait of a Lao traditional singer in her 60s named Khamlek, the film follows her life as she finds escape in music. As a child, she sought comfort in a singing style of Luang Prabang known as Khap Thoum, Arn Nungseu (literally “book-reading”) as a means of avoiding her predatory stepfather. Illiterate until her 50s, she learned all the songs by hearrt and carved out a living from it. The years have seen her experience two divorces and abandonment by her older sons. It is music that makes it all bearable when she sheds her current day job as a cleaner for her nightly vocation as a performer.

Please Don't Tell Me How to Be Perfect by Sophie Vongkhamsao
       
     
Please Don't Tell Me How to Be Perfect by Sophie Vongkhamsao

A young woman stands up to bullying through dance.

Melody of Change by Ka Xiong
       
     
Melody of Change by Ka Xiong

A mysterious and beautiful young woman named Hongfa arrives in a village in Northern Laos shared by the Khmu and Hmong communities. In an effort to bridge the divide between two cultures, she looks to the power of song in affecting change.