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6 visually stunning short films by some of the most talented female filmmakers from China, Thailand, Israel, the United States, Greece and Canada.

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, Piano, the young production manager on a film set, is tasked to carry out this tradition. As her fellow female co-workers shy away from the duty, Piano is left with no choice but to take on the burden of becoming the lemongrass girl.

Director Biography - Pom Bunsermvicha

Pom Bunsermvicha (b.1993, Thailand) graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Culture & Media Studies. During her semester abroad in Prague, she attended the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) and directed her first short film 10:10. Her documentary E-po is her first work from Thailand. Her shorts have been shown at several festivals, including BFI Flare, LAAPFF, Inside Out Toronto, Hamburg International Short Film Festival and SeaShorts. Her work combines documentary elements with fiction and is driven by her interest in queer and female characters. Pom is an alumna of Tribeca Film Institute and Berlinale Talents.

Director Statement

“Lemongrass Girl explores the complex process of putting myth-making into practice, through a fictional depiction of an age-old superstition unfolding on the stage of a film set. The cast and crew play themselves, performing their own realities and mimicking the idiosyncrasies of Thai film set culture, including the nomination of a lemongrass girl.

Being the lemongrass girl on a film set means being put in a position devoid of any agency or power. Your perception hinges upon fundamentally implacable forces of nature. You become an object of routine ridicule and light-hearted humiliation, whether or not it rains.

Lemongrass Girl is set within the making of another fiction film. It presents two intertwining narratives: on the one hand, it is a fictional telling of the story of the lemongrass girl, but on the other, it is a factual documentation of Anocha Suwichakornpong’s film set during the making of Come Here.

As Lemongrass Girl unfolds, the two narratives begin to peel away from one another. At one point in the film, filmmaking overtakes myth-making almost entirely. The lemongrass girl disappears from view, referred to only by the cast and crew as they continue their work on set. It becomes apparent that her own belief in the superstition does not matter. The show must go on, regardless of whether she acts the part and plants the lemongrass. The act of filmmaking must continue, with or without her.

Lemongrass Girl is a story about losing control of one’s own narrative. It explores how harassment and subjugation are built into the most mundane aspects of Thai society, and how its effects have the power to push women to the point of self-exclusion and self-erasure.

In a culture where the concept of virginity is constantly and casually put to the test, truth becomes subjective and stories, including our story of the lemongrass girl, become indistinguishable from reality.”

  • Year
  • Runtime
    17 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Director
    Pom Bunsermvicha
  • Screenwriter
    Anocha Suwichakornpong
  • Producer
    Anocha Suwichakornpong, Tulapop Saenjaroen, Pom Bunsermvicha
  • Cast
    Primrin Puarat, Tanwarat Sombatwattana, Buay Booranateerakit
  • Cinematographer
    Parinee Buthrasri, Pom Bunsermvicha
  • Editor
    Aacharee Ungsriwong
  • Sound Design
    Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr