Raising A Beast
Two Hmong siblings with diverging destinies are responsible for grooming a bull into a prize fighter that will earn the family money and honor.
Director & Screenwriter: Xaisongkham Induangchanthy
Producers: Abigail Lazaro, Steve Arounsack
Country of Production: Laos/Philippines/USA
Language: Hmong, Laos, English
Total Budget: 125,652 USD
Production Company: Lao New Wave Cinema
Xaisongkham Induangchanthy, a 2012 Asian Film Academy alumni, in 2015 completed a Master’s Degree in Filmmaking in New York under the Fulbright Scholarship. He has made short fiction and documentary, with the latter, BECAUSE I AM A GIRL... (2016), funded by NHK Japan.
Steve Arounsack, an associate professor of cultural anthropology at California State University, Stanislaus, has showcased his film works on American PBS television, at film festivals, and at national exhibitions. He has earned the Sony Electronics Faculty Award for Innovative Instruction with Technology, the Gates Millennium Scholarship, and a Center for Asian American Media Fellowship.