The Rocket
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Young Ahlo has been cursed with bad luck his entire life. When his family loses their home and they are forced to relocate, Ahlo is bound and determined to prove his worth to a father that has all but written him off. Joined by free spirited orphan named Kia and her eccentric “Uncle Purple” (who carries on the legacy of James Brown in rural Laos), Ahlo plans to build a spectacular rocket for a local festival to win the cash prize and to redeem himself in the eyes of his friends and family.

Audience Award for Best International Feature Film at AFI Fest, Best Original Screenplay from Australian Film Institute, Best Debut Film at Berlin International Film Festival, Audience Award for Narrative, Best Actor, Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca Film Festival.