Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice

  • Backpacking
  • Development
  • Friendship
  • Globalization
  • Tourism

When backpackers come to a small village in rural Laos reachable only by boat, their arrival divides the local population and disrupts the relationship between two childhood friends.

Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice is a complex East-meets-West story told in a cinematographic language that is as rich as it is confrontational. While the backpackers visit the remote village in search of an authentic traditional experience, the inhabitants of the village seek the added income and other amenities the west has to offer. The two worlds meet at the crossroads of their opposite desires; the one longing for authenticity, the other for modernity. In this micro-cosmos, their encounter leaves no one unchanged.

Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice is a co-production between Viewpoint Productions, the Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation and the Dutch Cultural Media Fund.

Written and directed by Daan Veldhuizen.

"Prachtig geschoten, zeer relevante documentaire over de gevolgen van globalisme" ★★★★ Het Parool

 "Veldhuizen houdt alle thema's van de film uitstekend in balans en zoekt vol nieuwsgierigheid naar antwoorden. Hij heeft duidelijk oog voor zinnelijke schoonheid en laat de beelden en dialogen steeds voor zich spreken." ★★★★ de Volkskrant

"Oogstrelende beelden" ★★★★ De Telegraaf

"Mooi gedraaide documentaire" ★★★ NRC

"Mooie documentaire, must-see voor backpackers" ★★★1/2 Cinemagazine.nl

Festival Screenings

Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice had its world premiere on Friday the 23rd of January at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2015.

In May the documentary was selected for screenings at the Docs Against Gravity Festival 2015 in Warsaw, Poland.

In July the documentary was selected for screenings at the 27th Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland.

 

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