An impressionistic journey told through old photos, text, animation and home movies, begins when Toronto poet Souvankham Thammavongsa discovers her father's discarded scrapbook that documents the family's escape from Laos in the 1970s.

Thammavongsa’s parents lived in a Lao refugee camp in Thailand, where she was born. During this time her father kept a scrapbook filled with doodles, addresses, postage stamps, maps and measurements.

The pages of the original scrapbook are our only windows into this extraordinary past. To stay true to the pages of this scrapbook and to the poet, the film is an exploration of the world these poems invoke and a meditation on the theme of reconnecting to one's past while trying to decipher its impact on the present.

"This small evocative film makes the viewer want to discover more of the poetry..." James McNally, Toronto Screen Shots


The Poetry of Souvankham Thammavongsa

A Film by Paramita Nath