DEAREST SISTER is going for the gold.
Mattie Do's DEAREST SISTER had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest 2016, wowing audiences with its elements of folky ghost story and incisive social commentary. The film was only the thirteenth ever made in Laos at the time, and as Do herself has said, "Every Lao film is a historic event. Every film made here breaks ground in a totally new film industry."
Well, that's now more true of DEAREST SISTER than ever, because the film was just submitted as the first ever Lao submission to the Oscars. This is huge news and a well-deserved victory for the filmmaker, who points out,
"The greatest challenge of making a film in Laos is having to work with no resources, hardly any budget and almost no professional infrastructure for films... However, the benefits of working in a new environment like Laos without pre-existing structure is that everything I make is new. Because there aren’t any locked expectations about what a Lao film should be, I have the freedom to create something completely unique that hasn’t existed before."
Congratulations to Mattie Do and to the terrific DEAREST SISTER, which you can currently watch with a subscription to Shudder.