The Rocket


Ahlo is a young boy who lives in a South East Asian village in Laos. Believed to bring bad luck, he is blamed for a string of disasters including the loss of his family’s home. But he is determined to prove everyone wrong. After a harrowing start, Ahlo leads his family and his friend, the spirited nine-year-old Kia and her eccentric, James Brown-loving, Uncle Purple all the way to the Rocket Festival. There he builds a rocket to enter the most dangerous competition of the year in order to save his village.

Be ready for blast-off in this award-winning, truly heart-warming tale of life, hardship, laughter and love.

Winner of three awards at Tribeca Film Festival and the “Crystal Bear” Winner at the 2013 Berlinale Festival.

Age 10+

These films are screening as part of the IFI Family Festival 2013 (July 11th – 14th).

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