Lampya // The Guide

Watermelon at the Transplanting traditions farm
TTS table at the farmers market
TTS Farm
TTS Farm at the farmers market
TTF farm board
Transplanting traditions fresh vegetable box
Talars family in a photo frame
Talars best friend
Talar with her sisters
Talar with her mother
Talar with her community members
Talar with Dada at their house
Talar tour guide
Talar ReeRee having dinner
Talar on the farm giving a tour
Talar interview
Talar interacting with kids
Talar helping at the farm
Talar headshot at the farmers market
Talar giving tours
Talar getting ready for the cooking demonstration
Talar driving
Talar at the farmers market cooking demonstration
Talar at the farm
Talar at the community lunch
Talar and ReeRee at UNC
Talar and her sister Tyler
Talar and her sister at the community lunch
Talar and her mom
Talar and her immediate family picture
Talar and her best friend
Talar and her aunt
Talar and friend at the farmers market
Talar and dada at their house 2
ReeRee mentoring Talar
ReeRee helping at the farm
ReeRee headshot at the farm
Kelly Talar and ReeRee at the farm
Greenhouse at the farmers market
Farm peppers
Farm gourd
Farm flowers
Farm flowers and butterfly
Farm flower pot
Farm barn
Dada headshot
Closeup of Burma on the map
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Release date: 2021

Total Running Time: To be determined

Language: Burmese and English

Genre: Documentary, Drama

Cast: Talar Hso

Director: Aby Rao

Content Links: Will be updated after film release. 

About the film

Lampya, The Guide, is a feature film, set for 2021 release, is about Talar Hso who lives in the small town of Mebane, North Carolina. Talar moved to the US with her family from a refugee camp in Thailand. She belongs to the Burmese-Karen community who have a reasonable presence in central North Carolina.  Since childhood she was associated with Transplanting traditions farm based out of Chapel Hill, NC. This film is a character study of Talar, her environment and her aspiration to work towards the betterment of refugees and immigrants who enter the US under difficult circumstances. The combination of documentary-style live-action footage, blended with Talar’s fantasy brought to life by human puppets, gives this film a unique feel and tone. 

Production notes

The film’s aesthetics are inspired by the films Beasts of the Southern Wild and Where the Wild Things Are. The film is entirely shot in central NC, especially Chapel Hill and Mebane. The farm in this film is called Transplanting traditions farm in located in Chapel Hill. The mission of the farm is to provide refugee adults and youth access to land, healthy food and agricultural and entrepreneurial opportunities. We spent a lot of time on the farm and got a chance to watch them operate. The farmers and the farm staff are courteous, polite and honestly care about their mission.