Weaving Bitter with the Sweet (2003)

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.
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Film Details

  • Film by: Ann Rynearson
  • Produced by: Ann Rynearson
  • Cinematographer: Allen Moore
  • Sound: Amy Skillman, Bruce Kuerten
  • Editor: Kathy Corley
  • Other Credits: Director: Allen Moore, Assistant Producer: Vanxay Saenphimmachak,
  • Funding: Missouri Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts Commission St Louis, CALOP, MAC, The Roblee Foundation, Saint Louis Community Foundation
  • Original Format: Betacam SP
  • ©2003, International Institute of Metro St. Louis
  • 30 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Arts & Crafts, TraditionalAsian American CultureCostume/DressEthnic & Immigrant CulturesWomen