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WORLD NARRATIVE COMPETITION

THE ROCKET

Directed by Kim Mordaunt
FEATURE NARRATIVE 96 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE ROCKET
Set against the lush backdrop of rural Laos, this spirited drama tells the story of scrappy ten-year-old Ahlo, who yearns to break free from his ill-fated destiny. After his village is displaced to make way for a massive dam, Ahlo escapes with his father and grandmother through the Laotian outback in search of a new home. Along the way, they come across a rocket festival that offers a lucrative—but dangerous—chance for a new beginning. With the help of his new friend Kia and her eccentric, James Brown-loving uncle, Ahlo sets out to build his own rocket, enter the contest and prove his worth to his family.

Australian filmmaker Kim Mordaunt—whose documentary Bomb Harvest investigated Laos’s status as the most bombed country in the world—returned to make this fable-like drama, one of its first internationally released feature films. The Rocket’s characters, mostly played by non-professional actors, embody the spirit of resilience and hope born out of a country affected by a legacy of war and undergoing a great economic change.

—Ian Hollander
Drama
About the Director(s)
KIM MORDAUNT is a graduate of the University of Technology Sydney and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has lived and worked throughout Southeast Asia. His latest film, the documentary feature Bomb Harvest, screened at over twenty international festivals to wide acclaim. The Rocket is his fiction feature debut.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Competition
  • Year:
    2013
  • Length:
    96 minutes
  • Language:
    Lao
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Associate Producer:
    Pauline Phayvanh Phoumindr
  • Director:
    Kim Mordaunt
  • Cast:
    Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Kohavong
  • Composer:
    Caitlin Yeo
  • Cinematographer:
    Andrew Commis
  • Producer:
    Sylvia Wilczynski
  • Screenwriter:
    Kim Mordaunt
  • Editor:
    Nick Meyers
  • Executive Producer:
    Bridget Ikin, Michael Wrenn, Triphet Rookachat

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