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The History of Laotian Cinema from 1956 to the Present Day

     
     
  1956  
     
    Khuan Khet Taohom Song Khoueng (‘Gathering in the Zone of Two Provinces’), the oldest surviving Laos film footage is shot.   It is made by the Lao Patriotic Front’s Film Production Unit in Houaphanh and Phonsali Provinces with the help of Vietnamese filmmakers.  [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  1960  
     
   

Laos’s first feature film, Fate of the Girl, is released. [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1965  
     
    Films of Note
     
   

Sao Bi Haeng Karnpatiwath [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1970  
     
    Films of Note
     
   

Daene Haeng Issara [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

Sayxana Laduleng [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1975  
     
    – Following the Pathet Lao revolution all private-sector film production and distribution ceases.   [MORE] [ADD] 
     
     
     
  1976  
     
    – The Ministry of Culture establishes a Cinema Department to develop, manage and promote the production and distribution of approved films.  [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
 

Laos 1976: Other Films of Note

   

 

   

Kongpasoum Phouthene Thourpathet [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1982  
     
   

Films of Note

   

 

 

Phoumlamnao Khong Saokhongsang [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1983  
     
    Siengpeun Chak Thonghai (1983)
   

 

   

– The docudrama Siengpeun Chak Thonghai (‘The Sound of Gunfire from the Plain of Jars’), is the country’s first feature film.   It is co-directed by Somchit Phonsena and Vietnamese filmmaker Phm Ky Nam and features actors from the Central Spoken Drama Troupe. [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1987  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Kongpasoum Phak Khangtisi [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

Sangsa Pathet Xat [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1988  
     
    Bouadeng (1988)
   

 

   

Bouadeng, Laos’s second feature film is released.   Directed by Som Ok Southiphonh, the film features actors from the Central Drama Spoken Troupe and tells the story of a family torn apart by civil war. [MORE] [ADD]

   

 

   

– The Cinema Department is abolished and replaced by the State Cinematographic Company which concentrates solely on the distribution of foreign films and management of cinemas. [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1991  
     
   

– The National Film Archive and Video Centre is established. [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  1997  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Than Heng Phongphai (The Charming Forest) (Vithoune Sundara) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  2001  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Falang Phone (Clear Skies After Rain) (Vithoune Sundara) [MORE] [ADD]

     
     
     
  2003  
     
    – The opening of a two-screen cinema in the Lao International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre in Vientiane makes it the first purpose-built cinema to operate in the country since 1995. [MORE] [ADD]
     
     
     
  2004  
     
   

Films of Note

     
   

Leum Tua (Wrongfulness) (Vithoune Sundara) [MORE] [ADD]

 

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