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.