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Friday, October 23 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice

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Daan Veldhuizen

2015 | 93 minutes | Netherlands, Laos

New York Premiere  | Director in Attendance

As the monsoon rains lift, a remote village in northern Laos transforms from a sleepy hamlet into a tourist hotspot in a story that harkens back to Dennis O’Rourke’s classic, Cannibal Tours. Western backpackers arrive searching for less modernity and more authenticity, yet feast on banana pancakes—a Western delicacy paradoxically served by the local Laotians. Daan Veldhuizen films at the crossroads of these two groups and produces a delicate meditation on how we relate to others in a rapidly globalizing world. As the narrative evolves, he takes a more participatory role in the film, realizing that documentary-making, like tourism, is never an invisible presence. 

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Friday October 23, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Caribou Room

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