International Film Series: “The Rocket”
800 College Ct
New Bern, NC 28562
The Rocket (Laos | Australia, 2013)
Determined to disprove the common belief that he brings bad luck to everyone around him, an outcast Laotian boy, Ahlo, builds a giant rocket with the intention of participating in the lucrative but very dangerous competition at The Rocket Festival. This Laos-set film balances crowd-pleasing fantasy with a rich sense of place.
Australian director Kim Mordaunt was a former documentarian that spent a great deal of time in Laos, and the film benefits from someone so intimate with the country. The setting is one of tradition, natural beauty, superstition, corruption and class conflict. Ahlo is fiercely determined to fight the odds in a war-ravaged country and in so doing guides his family to safety and changes his future.
Admission is FREE & Open to the Public! Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.
Film will be shown at 2:30pm and again at 7:30pm