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Films and Music


Today is Better than Two Tomorrows:
a beautiful film about two young boys ordaining as novices in Laos.
Directed by Anna Rogers with a poetic insight to village and temple life which vistors to Laos today can appreciate.
You Tube Trailer:

DVD can be ordered at:

Buddha’s Lost Children
true story of compassion and tough love by Thai Monk (former Thai Boxer) Khru Ba Neua Cha Kositto  who raises abandoned and orphaned young boys as novices teaching them the art of living away from despair along the Thai/Burma border.

Unmistaken Child: 
follows the four-year search for the reincarnation of Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away in 2001 at age 84



Dancing Across Borders: a film by Anne Bass
the incredible story of a young Cambodian, Sokvannara Sar, known as Sy, who makes it into the School of American Ballet.
Really beautiful film!   Watch trailers and order the DVD:

The Flute Player:

a moving documentary about Arn Chorn-Pond’s life surviving Khmer Rouge:
Arn Chorn-Pond is the founder of:

A River Changes Course:
a very moving documentary:


The Great Gamble on the Mekong
Will the Mekong be killed by dams?

For the trailer click here and scroll down to Gamble on the Mekong:


Ring of Fire: An Indonesian Odyssey:

Lawrence and Lorne Blair- two English brothers 10-year adventures throughout the archipelago:
Four Part Series on DVD:


Epic film taking place in French Colonial Indochina. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez, Linh Dan Pham, and is directed by Regis Wargnier.
You Tube Trailer:

Myanmar ( Burma):

Twilight over Burma- My Life as a Shan Princess
A film has been made on the story of Austrian Inge Sargent who married Sao Kya Seng of Hsipaw who disappeared during the 1962 coup. Hopefully this film will be available online soon:

The book is available on

The Last Emperor  
superb acting and history of Emperor Pu Yi of China.
You Tube Trailer:

Ryuichi Sakamoto’s beautiful music composed for the film The Last Emperor.
Ryuichi also acted in the film and is the pianist in this performance:


Fall 2011:

WOW- A World of Wonders! A fun Canadian children’s TV show

Season 4 has been aired on TV-Ontario which includes 3 Bali episodes. Their host Cari comes to have fun with coconuts and rice, and after some monkeying around, learns how to dance, play traditional music and cook some Bali food with Ibu Wayan, besides some other adventures and encounters.

Season 3 came to explore Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam with Cari learning about Lao traditions, a Book Party at Big Brother Mouse and how to be an elephant mahout! Then explores shadows around Angkor Wat and journeys along the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. WOW was nominated for a Youth Media Alliance Award for the Laos episode Rock Paper and Scissors in Season 3.

DVD available on-line:

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Tribal Music Asia: The Music of the Golden Triangle
Victoria Vorreiter began archiving the music of the Southeast Asia highlands in 2005. Very beautiful!

Musicals from London and Broadway:

Love sharing these links for those not able to see these performances, listen and learn more behind the scenes:

Miss Saigon – a great revival of a very touching story

Allegiance!  the story of Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.  Inspired by George Takei of Star Trek who has made is first Broadway debut along with beautiful music and voices of Lea Salonga and Telly Leung.

Back to my Island and Plum Village Songs

Click below and enjoy a beautiful and relaxing  Plum Village Song with more to follow:

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