poster dearest sister

Lao with Thai/English subtitles 

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  • Thursday 18 May, 6.45pm
  • Friday 19 May, 9.00pm
  • Saturday 20 May, 11.15am
  • Sunday 21 May, 4.15pm (Includes director Q&A with Mattie Do)
  • Tuesday 23 May, 9.00pm
  • Thursday 25 May, 9.00pm
  • Saturday 27 May, 1.45pm
  • Sunday 28 May, 4.15pm
  • Tuesday 30 May, 9.00pm
  • Wednesday 31 May, 4.15pm

Nok, a young country girl from a rural Lao village has taken a job as a helper for a wealthy distant cousin, Ana, in the capital that is losing her sight. While her sight diminishes, Ana begins noticing shadowy figures on the edges of her peripheral vision which deliver a numeric message she cannot recall or decipher. While everyone assumes them to be hallucinations, or a figment of Ana's depressed imagination, only Nok, the sole witness of these hauntings, can recall the numbers and believes that these figures are actually supernatural visitors. When Nok uses the numbers in the Lao lottery and wins, she begins to realize that there is more to the messages than just delirium, but that she also must choose whether to help her cousin through the encounters or help herself with her new found wealth.

The second horror film from Laos that has been celebrated in over 24 international film festivals around the world, and has won 3 international awards from prestigious festivals such as Sitges International, Lund International, and Fantasporto Portugal.

Awards and Festivals

  • Stages Film Festival: won Special Jury Mention
  • Abertoir Horror Film Festival: Official Selection
  • Cambodia International Film Festival: Official Selection
  • Celluloid Screams: Official Selection
  • Brooklyn Horror Film Festival: Official Selection
  • Fantastic Fest: Official Selection

“Creepy as hell.” — The Austin Chronicle

“It’s a testament to the frustrating need for greater diversity in the medium that one of the most unique, freshest supernatural horrors in years comes from a female filmmaker in a country with an essentially nonexistent film industry” — Elijah Taylor, Fangoria

“Set in Lao, a ghostly horror, but one that is refreshingly unflinching in the brutality of its (mainly female) characters.” — Mat Colegate, The Quietus

“Dearest Sister is multi-dimensional, moodily frightening, and in the end heart-wrenchingly honest about human behavior. It also confirms Do as a vibrant, exciting cinematic voice” — Ben Larned, Bloody Disgusting

“The real horror comes from the sharp study of human emotion. The horror of greed. The abomination of righteousness. The voracity of indulgence. They are all too compelling and frightening…Dearest Sister is yet another remarkable achievement for Mattie Do.” — Matthew Rooke, Filmed in Ether


Director: Mattie Do
Country: Laos
Duration: 110 minutes
Year: 2016