2021 / Thailand / 18 minutes / dir. Pom Bunsermvicha
According to Thai superstition, a virgin can ward off the 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 to carry out this tradition. As her fellow female co-workers shy away from the duty, she is left with no choice but to take on the burden of becoming the lemongrass girl.
Pom Bunsermvicha graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts 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, the 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 the Tribeca Film Institute and Berlinale Talents.