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Student filmmaker headed for contest in Japan with award-winning movie

When Thanongsing Bongdara, a 14-year-old student at Homsavanh School, decided to follow his dream of becoming a filmmaker, little did he know that he would quickly make a mark at a student film contest.

Thanongsing and his team bagged the top award in this year's student film contest that was held recently at the Department of Cinema in the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

The team will now be among Lao students participating in a film competition in Japan later this year.

Mr Thanongsing Bongdara ( second from left ) poses with his team after receiving the award for the winning team in the film contest.

Thanongsing, who like most teenagers loves watching movies, said he never thought his entry would be selected as the winner of the contest, which attracted entries from 51 teams.

He said he had entered the contest after an announcement about it at his school. “I decided to join the contest to gain experience in how to make a film,” he said.

Thanongsing and two of his classmates brainstormed with their teachers to make a film titled “Teacher at School”.

The film centres around a teacher named Ms Mo who completely changes the atmosphere of learning in a school. In the past, the atmosphere was quite bad and students often ignored their lessons.

Ms Mo uses various techniques and activities to make classes enjoyable and this helps improve the atmosphere. Soon, the students start taking more interest in their classes and learn lots of new things.

Thanongsing said he often watched foreign films and wanted to become a filmmaker one day and work for the development of the film industry in Laos. He also wants to promote Lao films in the future.

He said he used some techniques he had picked up while watching foreign films. He is now hoping that more and more people will take an interest in the film and watch it before the contest in Japan.

Thanongsing spent about three to four weeks making the film, including the time spent on selecting good locations, getting a system to record the sound, and rehearsals to ensure the performances were perfect. His teachers played an important part in assisting and advising him.

He is very confident and expects his film will bag a prize at the film contest in Japan and bring honour to Laos and his school.

He said his film will be beneficial for students and teachers, who could use what they learn from the film to change their behaviour in real life, both in classes and outside school.

Thanongsing, who is in Year Four of secondary school, said his parents always supported his extracurricular activities and projects in school because they believed this would be a way for him to display his and talents.

He also thanked his teachers, saying they had always come up with good projects and activities to encourage the students and make them pursue objectives that would benefit them later in life.

By Sisouphan Amphonephong
(Latest Update September 26, 2017)

 

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