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Laos goes to the movies

Local filmmakers are starting to overcome financing and censorship constraints

Director-writers Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, left, and Anysay Keola, center, and actor Khamhou Phanludeth at the Lao New Wave Cinema offices in Vientiane. (Johanna Son)

VIENTIANE -- In most countries, the phrase "let's go to the movies" is commonplace. In tiny Laos, which has no tradition of cinema and lies in the cultural shadow of neighboring Thailand, it is a rallying cry.

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