Because I am a Girl

Documentary Series “Colors of Asia 2016

A series featuring Asian women breaking new ground in contemporary Asia and making progressive changes in their respective society despite conventions and taboos that narrow their choices.

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Title Because I am a Girl ラグビーと女のわたし
Series Title Colors of Asia 2016 カラーズ・オブ・アジア2016
Duration 25 min. 25分
Location Laos ラオス
Language English subtitle + Japanese subtitle 英語版(英語字幕)/日本版(日本語字幕)
Production Format HD HD
Genre Human Interest / Minority Issue ヒューマン・ドキュメンタリー / 社会的弱者
Director Xaisongkham INDUANGCHANTHY -
Producer Kohei Kawabata 川畑 耕平
Productions Lao New Wave Cinema Productions / PAONETWORK Inc. Lao New Wave Cinema Productions / パオネットワーク
Production Year 2016 2016年



Being the oldest daughter, at 14, Lao Kang had to quit school in order to take care of her parents, and for her siblings to stay in school. She kept asking :“Why me?” She knew that she would never have a chance to go back to school. Until one day, she was introduced to rugby. She saw the opportunity to get out of her current situation and go back to school.

Director's Bio

Xaisongkham Induangchanthy is a Lao filmmaker based in Vientiane, Laos. He received a master’s degree in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York, under the Fulbright Programme. He co-founded “Lao New Wave Cinema”, a group of emerging Lao filmmakers. In 2012, he was selected to take part in Asian Film Academy, Busan. “Because I am a Girl…” is his first documentary, co-produced with a Japanese producer.

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