Mattie Do

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Mattie Do is a Lao film director. She is Laos' first, and only, female film director and the first horror film director from Laos. Her directorial debut Chanthaly (2013) is the first horror film written and directed entirely in Laos,[1][2] as well as the first to be screened at major film festivals outside of Southeast Asia[3] like the 2013 Fantastic Fest.[4]

Do's second feature film Dearest Sister (2016) (Lao: ນ້ອງຮັກ)[2] was chosen to attend the 2014 Cannes Film Festival as part of the La Fabrique des Cinémas du monde program[5][6][7] and was selected as the Laotian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, the first time that Laos has submitted a film for consideration in this category.[8] It was screened at more than 20 film festivals and was selected by Laos as its first Oscars submission for Best Foreign Language Film. [9]

Personal life[edit]

Do was born in Los Angeles, California to immigrant parents who left Laos during the communist revolution .[10] Do returned to Vientiane in 2010 with her husband to take care of her retired father. [11]She trained originally as a make-up artist and worked on film productions in Europe and America before becoming a consultant to the oldest film company in Laos, Lao Art Media, upon her return in 2010.[5] She, her husband, and their dog Mango live in Vientiane, Laos.[12]


  1. ^ Marsh, James (2013-09-26). "Fantastic Fest 2013 Review: Chanthaly is A Haunting Portrait of Modern Day Laos". Twitch. Archived from the original on 2014-06-16. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
  2. ^ a b Do, Mattie (May 2014). "dearest sister". Vimeo. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  3. ^ "Nong Hak 'Dearest Sister' - A Lao Horror Film". Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  4. ^ "Chanthaly". Fantastic Fest. 2013. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
  5. ^ a b "dearest sister". Les Cinemas du Monde. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  6. ^ Caroline Besse (2014-05-16). "La Fabrique des Cinémas du monde, possible tremplin pour les jeunes réalisateurs". Telerama. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
  7. ^ Thanh Phương (2014-05-24). "". Radio France Internationale. Retrieved 2014-06-07. External link in |title= (help)
  8. ^ Frater, Patrick (18 September 2017). "Laos Selects 'Dearest Sister' as First Foreign-Language Oscar Submission". Variety. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  9. ^ "MATTIE DO――Depicting real lives of Lao women | Features". Japan Foundation Asia Center (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  10. ^ "IMDB entry for Chanthaly".
  11. ^ "Mattie Do". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  12. ^ "Lao Horror, Lao Hopes: 10 Questions with Mattie Do". 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2014-05-15.

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