One of only a hadnful of films ever to have been made in Laos, Mattie Do’s ghost story is not only the Communist nation’s first horror film but the film of any kind directed by a woman. Feminism and women’s roles in modern day Lao society are understandably at the centre of Chanthaly, as a young girl, confined to her home supposedly because of her ill health, begins to see the spectre of her dead mother.

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