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Pom Bunsermvicha: Lemongrass Girl

Posted by | Amy Beste | Posted on | October 21, 2021

Thursday, October 21–Thursday, November 04

A Thai woman in a white backwards baseball cap kneeling in an outdoor field at dusk. Behind her is a white truck and tall trees.

Pom Bunsermvicha Lemongrass Girl 2021 Image courtesy of the artist and Square Eyes

Theatrical Screening
with By the Time It Gets Dark (Anocha Suwichakornpong, 2016)
Thursday, October 21, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center

Virtual Screenings
October 29–November 4
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema

According to Thai superstition, a virgin can ward off rain by planting lemongrass upside down underneath an open sky. This belief remains prevalent to this day.  As clouds begin to gather, a young production manager on a film set is tasked with carrying out this tradition. Written by Anocha Suwichakornpong and shot on the set of Suwichakornpong’s Come Here (2021), Pom Bunsermvicha’s film seamlessly shifts between fiction and documentary in this subtle reflection on gender, power, and sexism. In Thai with English subtitles.

2021, Pom Bunsermvicha, Thailand, DCP, 17:34 minutes


Anocha Suwichakornpong, Tulapop Saenjaroen, and Pom Bunsermvicha in Conversation with Melika Bass
Virtual Event
Friday, October 21, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema
Closed captions available


Pom Bunsermvicha is an independent director and producer based in Bangkok, Thailand. Her work, which mostly combines documentary elements with fiction, has been shown at venues around the world including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands; Museum of Modern Art, New York;, Hamburg International Short Film Festival; Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland; and SeaShorts Film Festival, Malaysia.