The Akha in Laos reside nearly untouched by trendy civilization. They nonetheless adhere to their archaic customs. But they’re on the verge of upheaval.

Cut off from the remainder of the world, with no paved highway, the village of Peryensang Mai has remained nearly untouched by trendy civilization to this present day. Its inhabitants are from the Akha tribe, and they appear to reside in a unique time: Their language isn’t even written down; their on a regular basis life is outlined by the legal guidelines and rituals handed down from their ancestors equivalent to animal sacrifices to push back dangerous luck. This adherence to customs which are typically fairly brutal endows the Akha’s lives with stability and route. The girls of the village have a very busy life. Because the Akha are largely self-sufficient, their duties vary from agriculture to house responsibilities and making conventional Clothes. This documentary tells the story of the Laovan household. Mother Yeapheun has all the time needed to work arduous to help her massive household. Her husband is the village elder and ensures the Akha observe the strict legal guidelines and commandments. The couple and their eldest kids can not think about life past the mountaintop, so the household is pinning its hopes on youngest son Kienglom, who has been going to highschool in a close-by city since he was eleven years outdated. Like many mountain tribes in Laos, the Akha are going through a tough selection: between a transfer down into the valley, which might imply they might have electrical energy, operating water and higher medical care – but in addition abandoning their historical rituals. The movie takes the viewer on an emotional journey of discovery to a tribe torn between tradition and modernity and going through the necessity to reinvent itself in as we speak’s world.


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  1. Keep in mind this was how the reporter wanted to present not the whole true of the story. Many of this was from the view of misunderstanding. Some of the translations was not right.

  2. there is no respect for tradition when it speaks of killing babies…these men are the ones who created these rules and the females follow…There is no need for the men there in the village.they don't even pull their weight @27:13 guess hard working women ugly😒 who's fault is that.cause and effect.They need to evolve past superstitions.

  3. The women are very hardworking yet the men clear the rice fields, carry the sacks of rice up the hills which of course the women can't do, help to take care of the babies and also bring in the meat from the hunting, their culture of not allowing twins in the village is somewhat very appalling and should be reviewed with the passage of time. The village chiefs need some coercing and civilised counselling.

  4. This was interesting to watch. I don't agree with all that was in the video. But, being from a sub ethnicity group, there were different aspects of this hill tribe that hit home to me.

  5. Akha tribe of loas is resemble to our tribe WANCHO of NORTH EAST INDIA. I am very much shocked to see this documentary. All the ritual are almost same!
    Please do visit here too for such documentary on the hills tribes

  6. Can’t raise twins? And what the hell did he mean about taking the twins and performing the ceremonies? Respect tradition? Not this one


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