The Akha tribe in Laos: Between tradition and modernity

May 5, 2023 | People, Social, Videos

Discover the extraordinary lives of the Akha tribe, a people largely disconnected from modern civilization in the village of Peryensang Mai. As the world around them rapidly changes, this tribe remains steadfast in their ancestral traditions and archaic customs. In a touching journey of self-discovery, this documentary explores the tale of the Laovan family, whose daily lives revolve around the laws and rituals of their ancestors, dating back centuries.

The women of the Laovan family are instrumental in keeping the tribe self-sufficient, with their duties ranging from agriculture to weaving traditional clothing. Meanwhile, mother Yeapheun works tirelessly to provide for her large family, while her husband, the village elder, oversees the adherence of laws and commandments. However, as their youngest son Kienglom returns from boarding school and discovers the allure of modern civilization, the family is forced to question their way of life. Will they abandon their ancient rituals for electricity, running water, and better medical care?

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