I felt happy
Chansamai Phanouvong, 2019, 12 min
A woman speaks of her son’s autism, and her fight for the acceptance of this spectrum disorder in Laos.
Chansamai started filmmaking in 2012. She likes to make films about local life, which is very instructive. Knowing a close relative with autism, she grew up with questions about behavioral disorders. She always found unfair the judgement of people who would call him “stupid” or “possessed”.
Chansamai will present her documentary and answer questions.
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