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Directed by Kim Mordaunt

Australia, Laos 2013 96 mins. In Lao

Winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Rocket is a heartwarming coming-of-age tale set in Laos. Ahlo is the surviving twin of a difficult birth and is believed by some to be a source of bad luck. When he and his family are displaced by the construction of a dam, further tragedy strikes as they relocate to a new village. Ahlo befriends Kia and her eccentric uncle Purple but is still ostracized by the superstitious community. Hope for redemption comes with the Rocket Festival: a riotous, and dangerous, annual competition where huge bamboo rockets are set off to provoke the rain gods. Despite being too young to enter the competition, he’s determined to succeed. This year’s Australian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.



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