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The Rocket

Year 2013
Runtime 96 mins
Language Lao
Subtitles Lao with English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere

His fellow villagers believe ten year-old Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) is cursed, and the cause of bad luck for everyone around him. When his rural Laotian village is displaced to make way for a massive dam, Ahlo sets out to find a new home, and to prove once and for all that he’s not cursed.

Along the way, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia (Loungnom Kaosainam) and her eccentric Uncle Purple (Thep Phongam), who has a James Brown fetish. Together, they come across a rocket festival that offers a lucrative—but dangerous—chance for a new beginning.

Winner of the Audience Choice awards at the Sydney and Tribeca film festivals, as well as the Crystal Bear award at Berlinale, The Rocket stars former street child Disamoe in a heart-warming journey, taking the audience to lush, steamy Laos through the lens of young Ahlo.

Countries

Australia
Awards
Crystal Bear Award Generation Kplus - Best Film, Amnestry International Prize & Best First Feature Berlinale 2013, Best Narrative Feature & Audience Award Most Popular Feature Tribeca 2013,
Festivals
Tribeca Film Festival 2013, Berlinale 2013, Seattle International Film Festival 2013
Director
Kim Mordaunt
Executive Producer
Bridget Ikin, Triphet Rookachat, Michael Wrenn
Producer
Sylvia Wilczynski
Screenwriter
Kim Mordaunt
Cinematographer
Andrew Commis
Editor
Nick Meyers
Production Design
Pete Baxter
Music
Caitlin Yeo & Featuring music by The Dynamites & James Brown
Cast
Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Alice Keohavong, Sumrit Warin