“Your Kuku, Kulap Vilaysack” will be on temporary hiatus from “Who Charted?” while she returns to her parents’ native Laos to film an important segment of the documentary she’s been working on for the past year or so. You’ve probably heard mention of her project if you’re a Chartist, but in episode 172, titled “Savor this Kulap While You Can,” we get a real taste of how legit this thing really is.
Kulap’s movie takes a look at her complex childhood, where a strained relationship with a gambling-addicted mother and an absent biological father led her to the beautifully eclectic life she leads today. One would assume it goes into her childhood in Minnesota, her rebellious teenage years, and the strain her mother’s behavior put on the entire family.
This is not the first time Vilaysack will have been MIA to work on her documentary. Last year she was out of the office for two weeks, presumably filming in Minnesota. She was cryptic about the goings on during that excursion, but she’s increasingly open about the strained relationship with her mother and the unfolding drama that is her father’s family in Laos. (Turns out she has three sisters she’s never met.)
Her film crew is in the studio this go round with the hosts, just filming away. So not only do we get to hear more details about her project, we get to hear–what I’m assuming–will be a pivotal part of the film: a voice mail from her father.