Film Description: Set in Laos, this critically acclaimed film, which has won multiple awards at the Tribeca, Sydney, and Berlin International film festivals, tells the story of Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe), a boy who is believed to bring bad luck. When his family loses its home and is forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia (Loungnam Kaosainam) and her eccentric uncle Purple (Thep Phongam), an ex- soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit, and a passion for James Brown. Struggling to hold onto his father’s trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. In a final plea to try to prove he’s not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant explosive rocket to enter the lucrative, but dangerous Rocket Festival. One of the first feature films for international release set and mainly shot in Laos, with remarkable access to real rituals and festivities in the country’s stunning mountains, The Rocket offers a unique view into a world rarely seen on film. In Lao with English subtitles. Written and directed by Kim Mordaunt (Bomb Harvest).
Produced by Sylvia Wilczynski.
Event begins at 7:30PM
Presented by: Environmental Film Festival, National Geographic Live, Embassy of Australia, Legacies of War
Featured Artist(s): "The Rocket" film