“The Rocket” Film Screening

Posted: Oct 17, 2013


Environmental Film Festival, National Geographic Live!, Embassy of Australia,
and Legacies of War present the Washington, D.C. premiere of

Tuesday, October 22
7:30 p.m.

National Geographic Society Grosvenor Auditorium

1145 17th St NW  Washington, District of Columbia 20036



The Rocket

(Australia/Laos/Thailand, 2013, 96 min.) Official entry from Australia, 2014 Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film

Set in Laos, this critically acclaimed film – winner of 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 their 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 a last plea to prove he is 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 to be set and shot mainly 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.


Audience Award for Most Popular Narrative Feature, Best Narrative Feature, and Best Actor in a Narrative Feature, 2013 TRIBECA Film Festival; Winner, CRYSTAL BEAR, Best First Feature and AMNESTY International Prize, 2013 BERLIN International Film Festival; Audience Award for Best Feature, 2013 SYDNEY Film Festival and Audience Award, 2013 MELBOURNE International Film Festival.




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