DECEMBER 10, 2020
USA | 13 minutes | 2020

Documentary short film directed by Champ Ensminger
Featuring Ninlawan Pinyo

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Yai Nin

Thai title: ยายนิล

Ninlawan Pinyo is the matriarch of a Thai American family, who hustled for her fortune by founding a naem (pork sausage) factory in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Director’s Statement

Ninlawan Pinyo is a Thai woman whose quiet success propelled a generation of children to study and live in the United States. She is the tether to an Asian American family’s maternal culture. The film aims to document the perspective of an empowered woman in Thailand’s increasingly patriarchal society, the beginnings of an immigrant family tree, and a maternal kinship shared by many Asian diasporic communities.

The film is still in the festival circuit.

Yai Nin is one of the many great projects shared with CineAsian Films through our submissions process. If you’d like to join them, submit your film.


Director, Editor: Champ Ensminger
Producers: Michael Peak, Kristy Peak, Alec Ansusinha, Michele Choy
Executive Producers: Gerald Ensminger, Sr., Styles Upon Styles Records
Cinematographer: Liam Morgan
Composer: Satta Rojanagatanyoo

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