The Rocket

The Rocket

Directed by Kim Mordaunt • 2013 • Australia, Lao
Starring Sitthiphon Disamoe, Suthep Po-ngam, Loungnam Kaosainam

This tender, beautifully observed family tale is steeped in the landscapes, traditions, and folklore of rural Laos. It’s there that mischievous ten-year-old Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) lives without a care in the world. After a family tragedy, however, his grandmother declares that Ahlo is cursed, and as they are forcibly moved from their land and fall deeper into poverty, he starts to believe it. Only the friendship of an orphaned girl and her eccentric, James Brown–loving uncle restore joy in his life. Traveling on a perilous journey to a new home, they come across a local rocket festival. The builder of the most powerful projectile wins a lucrative prize—a reward that could secure Ahlo’s future and rid him of his curse.

The Rocket
  • The Rocket

    Directed by Kim Mordaunt • 2013 • Australia, Lao
    Starring Sitthiphon Disamoe, Suthep Po-ngam, Loungnam Kaosainam

    This tender, beautifully observed family tale is steeped in the landscapes, traditions, and folklore of rural Laos. It’s there that mischievous ten-year-old Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) ...