The rocket

The rocket

DVD - 2014 | Lao
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"Growing up in rural Laos, Ahlo ... is a mischievous 10-year-old who lives without a care in the world. After a family tragedy, 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 with them 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--which would secure Ahlo's future and rid him of his curse"--Container.

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jonnybroom
Oct 03, 2015

I loved this movie. Great performances from a pair of Laotian 10-yr-olds. This is an Australian production of a story set in Laos. It certainly raised my awareness of Hmong culture and language, and I learned about the aftermath of the Viet Nam War in Laos. Recommended.

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ms_mustard
Mar 17, 2015

in a countryside littered with unexploded US bombs, a Lao family displaced by dam construction searches for a new place to live after the promised new village does not materialize.

in their wanderings they come across a rocket festival which is both competitive and an attempt to poke the raid gods in the a**. in the end, the competition brings this fractured family together.

very good. interesting 'making of' feature.

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