One of the greatest things about attend­ing SIFT this year was meet­ing some won­der­ful film­makers. Paramita Nath is a Toronto nat­ive who has just had her first film, a doc­u­ment­ary short, accep­ted at the Palm Springs Shortfest in California. Although it might offi­cially be the world premiere, we were lucky enough to see it in our doc­u­ment­ary work­shop first.

Found packs a lot into its brief 6-minute run­ning time. It tells the life story of Toronto poet Souvankham Thammavongsa through a note­book that she found after her father dis­carded it. Using her own poetry, anim­a­tion, home video and excerpts from her father’s note­book, Thammavongsa her­self nar­rates how she made her way as a pre­ma­ture baby from a Lao refugee camp in Thailand all the way to Toronto. By pre­serving the essen­tial mys­tery of what’s actu­ally in the note­book, and there­fore leav­ing her father an enigma, Thammavongsa’s story seems like the begin­ning of a longer quest to find out who she is, and this small evoc­at­ive film makes the viewer curi­ous to dis­cover more of the poetry that accom­pan­ies the beau­ti­fully-cap­tured images (cap­tured, incid­ent­ally, by Jennifer Baichwal’s hus­band and reg­u­lar cine­ma­to­grapher, Nick de Pencier).

Palm Springs Shortfest runs from June 23–29 and Found will be screen­ing on Wednesday June 24 at 7:00pm.


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3 Responses to Found

  1. Shantana Deka Dutta says:

    Seems very inter­est­ing…

  2. I just found out that FOUND will be screen­ing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Congratulations to Paramita and her crew!

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