The Rocket is an internationally acclaimed story about a spirited boy’s quest to break free from his ill-fated destiny. Performed by mostly nonprofessional actors, it is one of the first internationally released feature films from the seldom-seen country of Laos.
When his family is forced to leave their village to make way for a massive water dam, Ahlo is blamed for a string of disasters. Along with his father and grandmother, he must escape through a land scarred by war in search of a new home.
A rocket festival offers a lucrative—but dangerous—chance to earn a new beginning. With the help of his new friends, an orphan named Kia and her James Brown-loving uncle, he sets out to prove his worth to his family.
Including material filmed at a real rocket festival in Laos, the filmmaker based scenes and characters on real encounters; resulting in a well-observed and humanistic drama about resilience and perseverance in the face of painful hardships and social inequity.
Sylvia Wilczynski, Pauline Phayvanh Phoumindr (Associate Producer)
Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam,Thep Phongam, Bunsri Yindi, Sumrit Warin, Alice Keohavong
Kim Mordaunt’s feature-length documentary Bomb Harvest was nominated for Best Documentary (IF Awards, ATOM Awards and Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards), Best Director (ADG Awards), Best Cinematography (AFI Awards), and won Best Feature (children’s rights) at Hollywood’s Artivist Awards. The Rocket is Kim’s debut feature.
Crystal Bear for Best Feature (Generation KPlus section), Best First Feature, Amnesty International— Berlin International Film Festival 2013
Best Narrative Feature Film, Heineken Audience Award, Best Actor in Narrative Feature Film—Sitthiphon Disamoe—Tribeca Film Festival 2013
Audience Award for Best Feature— Sydney Film Festival 2013
People’s Choice for Best Feature— Melbourne International Film Festival 2013