Elvis of LaosDirected by Van Ditthavong
Cast: Kaila Ong, Voradeth Ditthavong
With influential hits like Kad Hack and Kou Nok, Voradeth Ditthavong is a legend in contemporary Lao and Thai music. But after war ravaged Laos in late 1974, he was forced to escape to the United States, changing the trajectory of his life forever. Aided by his son and granddaughter, Ditthavong takes a tour of his life—and rediscovers the resonance in reminiscence. Elvis of Laos is a heartwarming documentary of an iconic figure in Southeast Asian pop culture.
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Caring for those around us can demand we break out of the habitual to meet the moment. Whether it be fallen comrades, grandchildren, neighbors, or themselves, these characters confront their challenges with strength that can only be acquired through years of experience. Surviving and at times, thriving, these films remind us that there are always new journeys in our lives.