Voted the best film by audiences at the recent MIFF.
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"Australian writer-director Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket, set in Laos, is an inspiring gem. The feelgood film centres on 10-year-old Ahlo (charismatic Sitthiphon Disamoe) who has been considered cursed since being born a twin in a remote village.
When a new dam turfs his family from their land, they head to a resettlement camp where he befriends elfin Kia (Loungnam Kaosainam) and her eccentric uncle Purple (Thep Phongam).
A series of calamities confirms the boy's curse to his stern grandmother Taitok (Bunsri Yindi). But Ahlo is determined to plant the mangoes his mother (Alice Keohavong) has given him from a 400-year-old tree in new soil.
Hope comes at a spectacular rocket festival, where villagers earn prizes for sending homemade rockets into the sky to spark much-needed rain."