I’ll be showing projects I have worked on over the last few years in Laos:
Title: Free the Bears (directed and produced by Adri Berger)
7.30 minutes documentary featuring Jude Osborne and Jane Clegg
Made for Free the Bears, an Australian NGO set up to rescue the Asian Black Bear. This film shows the rescue centre in Luang Prabang, Laos and through interviews gives an insight into the murky world of bile farming and other practises undermining the existence of this now endangered species.
directed and produced by Adri Berger
Production Assistence by Ka Xiong
Title: Song of the Lao Elephant
50 minute documentary made for KBS (Korea Broadcast Systems)
Directed and written by: Hyun Cheol Son, KBS
Director of Photography: Adri Berger.
Produced in Laos by Adri Berger and Sebastien Duffillot.
Local production assitance by Ka Xiong.
Produced by © KBS Korea Broadcasting Systems 2012
This documentary shows the imminent disaster facing the Asian Elephant in Laos. The numbers are swiftly decreasing and this film shows the challenges to preserve this species. It shows the hardship of logging elephants in the Lao Jungle and follows one old mahout, showing his elephant’s predicament.
The film was made for Korean Broadcast Systems as part of their environment specials.
Korean Narration with English subtitles. More useful information on the subject: http://www.elefantasia.org
Below the Trailer for the 50 minute doc SONG of the LAO ELEPHANT
During the festival a cross section our work will also be shown in the
A 50 Minute programme showing 5 films:
Below a trailer and lower down the descriptions of the films that are part of the Featured Programme.
Voices from Laos
Length: 15 minutes.
Showing a food security program, set up by CESVI an NGO from Italy, in Phonexay District, Northern Laos, through interviews with the project leader and locals.
Length: 3 Minutes
A case study showing the impact of Save the Children in Northern Laos.
The short films tells the story of a midwife and how she recued a newborn from potential death durng child birth. Chit was recued and the midwife goes over the reasons as to why she was able to rescue the little baby.
Portraits from Luang Prabang
Length: 20 minutes Format: HD
The film incorporates interviews with local people to create a ‘window’ on Luang Prabang in Laos from a different perspective. Many visitors see the traditional arts and culture of Luang Prabang when they buy souvenirs, go to a show or visit museums. However they don’t often get to see how these traditions are kept alive by the people who work as local artisans and in small village industries. This film goes behind the scenes and depicts a vital part of life in Luang Prabang. We created simple ‘moving’ portraits (vignettes) of the people who are the heartbeat of this small heritage town in SE Asia.
Way of the Mahout
Length: 5 Minutes
The film takes us to the Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury Province, Laos.
In the story the beauty of the animal is central and explains what the Center stands for. Since this film was made the practise of riding elephants was abandoned.
The Centre in Sayaboury:
For more information about the Elephant Conservation Centre please visit their website HERE