DOCUMENTARIES, NEWS — 09/28/2010 1:25 PM

Laos on “Camera, Camera”

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From The Diplomat, by Amy Green

“Laos is fast becoming a fixture on the Southeast Asia tourist track. Although neighbouring Thailand has long been a favoured destination for Western backpackers, until very recently, Laos had been widely overlooked. In 1990, tourists in the country numbered only 14,400 but by 2005, cheap international flights and high profile marketing campaigns had boosted this figure to 1.1 million.

New feature-length documentary Camera, Camera explores this phenomenon by focusing on interactions between the country’s locals and tourists from far-flung places. The film combines interviews of travellers and photographs both of and taken by them during their time in Laos. Lacking any commentary and without an explicit message,it’s left to viewers to interpret it however they wish. Its creators claim that Camera, Camera was made not to pass judgement or set forward a theory, but to provoke questions surrounding tourism in the country.

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Directed by Malcolm Murray, the documentary premiered at the LA Film Festival in early summer, and has so far been positively received by audiences. One reviewer calls it ‘a bold, ambitious, slightly academic project from a young first-time filmmaker,’ that manages to ‘provoke thought and feeling,’ while another suggests it’s an ‘an abstract travelogue that gets under your skin.’

But regardless of whether Camera, Camera ends up being deemed a cinematic success, judging by the reactions of audiences and reviewers so far, it’s thought-provoking, raising the important question of the impact Westerners might be having on Laos’ people and society.”

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Amy Green is an editorial assistant with The Diplomat. She begins studying for her MA in East Asian studies at the London School of Economics this fall.

Title : Camera, Camera
Filmmaker: Malcolm Murray

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Running Time: 60 minutes

Full article on The Diplomat website

Website of the documentary

Doc trailer

Article in Hollywood Today

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