Film Summer School 2013

Twelve students of the Film Summer School 2013 presented three of their productions at the Discovery of Lao Knowledge Centre (DOKLAO) on 20 June, 2013. Representatives of DOKLAO, the Ministries of Natural Resources and the Environment (MoNRE) and Information, Communication and Tourism (MoICT), Lao National University and ProCEEd critically screened the work. All of the film documentaries deal with environmental protection and were shot in the Hin Nam No National Protected Area in Khammouane during a one-week field trip in mid June. During a hands-on workshop at DOKLAO in Vientiane from 27 May to 7 June, German filmmaker Thomas Lauterbach shared the fundamentals of documentary films and visual storytelling with his Lao students: treatment, scripting, directing, the artistic use of natural light and sound, handling a digital camera, non-linear digital editing and post-production etc. The post-production in mid June was completed at DOKLAO.


The students originated from the private sector (4), Lao National University (2), the Cinema Department of MoICT (2), the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion of MoNRE (2), Lycee de Vientiane (1), and DOKLAO (1). The DOKLAO Media Service is a part of PADETC, the Participatory Development Training Center, and has been producing 3-5 films per year on education for sustainable development (ESD) since 1992. An additional 30 films were developed by students and external producers supported by DOKLAO.


This year, the Film Summer School was supported by ProCEEd, DOKLAO, Lao National University, and MoICT. The fieldwork for the documentary films was conducted in the Hin Nam No National Protected Area in Boualapha district, Khammouane which is also the project area of a Lao-German cooperation project implemented by GIZ and the respective Lao Government partners: Integrated Nature Conservation and Sustainable Resource Management in the Hin Nam No Region.


The students created their documentaries by filming and interviewing people in the Boual, following the treatments and scripts they had prepared. All the time, the German trainer provided feedback and coached the three student production teams with difficult tasks. The topic of all documentaries is environmental and forest protection but the angles and perspectives in the films are different. One film lets a national GIZ expert in the Hin Nam No Protected Area talk about the difficulties of his work, another takes the experience of an IUCN wildlife specialist as a lead. The third film looks at the environment from the perspective of village boys who roam the forest for daily adventures.


Filmmaking is difficult to learn in Laos due to a lack of courses, experienced filmmakers and affordable equipment. This is particularly the case for documentaries meant to convey a better understanding about their environment in environmental education. Therefore, the productions elaborated by participants in the Film Summer School can possibly be used by ProCEEd to raise awareness on environmental issues.



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You can now watch 12 professionally produced documentary films broadcast on LNTV in 2017. Three or four episodes of 15 minutes each make up for a mini-series that focuses on a specific topic, e.g. wildlife or forest protection. More films supported by ProCEEd and other GIZ projects are shown as well.


You can listen in to selected radio programs produced by LNR Khammouane in Thakek and Boualapha as well as by LNR Huaphan in Sam Neua and Houameuang. Some of them have even been translated into Khmu and Hmong language. Three 15-min episodes make up for a mini-series that focuses on a specific topic.


At the provincial and district level, Environmental Tours with entertaining environmental education activities regularly tour four provinces and Vientiane Capital. A bus and a truck using solar-powered equipment facilitate film, theatre and local learning and discussion initiatives. Don’t miss the tour!