On Tuesday, November 12: “Weaving Bitter with the Sweet” – A Film Screening + Hands On Weaving Demonstration!

“Weaving Bitter with the Sweet” – The Meaning of Heritage for Refugees
Film Screening, Conversation & Weaving Demonstration!
Tuesday, November 12 @ 7pm
Boott Cotton Mills Museum Events Center
115 Foot of John Street, Lowell
Free admission

Lowell Folklife SeriesCome join Lowell National Historical Park, the Tsongas Industrial History Center, and the Lowell Film Collaborative for a fi­lm, a hands-on weaving experience, and lively facilitated conversation! Weaving Bitter with the Sweet is a moving documentary film that explores the refugee experience and its impact of sustaining cultural heritage. The fi­lm invites viewers to “unpack” assumptions about the meaning of cultural heritage for refugees — a topic with the potential to resonate with many re-settled communities here in Lowell.

In this fascinating 30-minute documentary, we meet Mone Saenphmmachak, a master weaver. She is also a Lao refugee, tormented by survivor guilt. Resettled in St. Louis during the 1980s, she ­finds factory seamstress work sewing gun holsters. In her precious spare time, she weaves traditional Lao skirts and teaches the next generation of Laotian children. Winning a National Heritage Award in 1993, Mone ultimately chooses to give up her looms.


This event is a presentation of the Lowell Folklife Series and is produced in partnership by Lowell National Historical Park, the Tsongas Industrial History Center, and the Lowell Film Collaborative.

Click here to view the PDF flyer!

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