Onlookers

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Onlookers

73 mins | United States, Laos | 2023

Director: Kimi Takesue
Producer: Kimi Takesue,Richard Beenen (Co-Producer),Sophie Luo (Co-Producer)
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Screenwriter: N/A
Editor: Kimi Takesue
Cinematographer: Kimi Takesue
Cast: N/A
Genre Tags: Documentary; Observational; Travel; Tourism; Laos, Southeast Asia, Art film; Women filmmaker; Female filmmaker, Creative Non Fiction; Sensory Ethnography; Globalization; Backpackers; Asian American filmmaker; Independent travel
Release Year: 2023
Language: English (United States)
Country: United States, Laos
Genre: Documentary,Female Director,Art,BIPOC

(THIS FILM WAS PART OF OUR 2023 FESTIVAL LINEUP AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON THE SLAMDANCE CHANNEL) ONLOOKERS offers a visually striking, immersive meditation on travel and tourism in Laos, reflecting on how we all live as observers. Traversing the country's dusty roads and tranquil rivers, we watch as elaborate painterly tableaus unfold, revealing the whimsical and at times disruptive interweaving of locals and foreigners in rest and play. Drawn to spectacle, tourists swarm to magnificent Buddhist temples, the ordered rituals of monks, and sites of dazzling natural beauty, then recede like a passing tide, leaving Laotians to continue with their daily lives. ONLOOKERS transports viewers on a sensorial journey of deep looking and listening, inviting audiences to reflect on their own modes of tourism, while asking the looming existential questions: Why do we travel? What do we seek?