The Importance of Being MLABRI

“MLABRI marry MLABRI”. But what will young IDang do, when there are no Mlabri girls around? Chalat is leaving for boarding school. His mother asks: will he ever come back? As a child Chuwit roamed the jungles with his parents. He knows Mlabri life is about to change radically, and he wishes to have a say, but will he get a chance? The Importance of Being Mlabri is a film about the Mlabri, told by themselves in their own language. There are 320 Mlabri people left on this planet. This is a decisive moment in Mlabri history. One generation ago they came out of the jungle in Northern Thailand. The Mlabri used to be hunters and gatherers. For the moment they scrape out a meagre existence at the bottom of society working as day-labourers. Right now they all face the crucial question: How does one adapt to a world full of Outsiders without disappearing?