Weaving Bitter with the Sweet
Mone Saenphimmachak, is a Lao
refugee tormented by survivor guilt. As she seeks to overcome sorrow by renewing her people's beautiful weaving traditions, her art becomes a reminder of the joys and griefs of past and present. In a surprise ending, Mone gives up her looms, leaving viewers to re-examine assumptions about the meaning of heritage for refugees. For Mone, each skirt represents both a quiet victory and its subtle costs, a memory of lives ever-changing, the bitter lying always within
the sweet. Mone and Vanxay Saenphimmachak are National Hertiage Award Winners.