Australian writer and director Kim Mordaunt’s debut feature film, “The Rocket” is set in the small Southeast Asian country of Laos and follows the journey of a ten year old boy (Ahlo) as he tries to convince his trouble-prone family that he is not the source of their bad luck. As a final attempt to prove that he is not cursed, Ahlo enters a lucrative but dangerous rocket making competition with a giant explosive rocket he built himself.
According to the Tribeca Film Festival Jury, “The Rocket is a spectacular achievement that is powerful and delightful in equal measures. Artfully structured and gorgeously shot, it chronicles the struggles of a displaced family while steering well clear of either sentimentality or despair.”
“Complex in its tone and characterizations, the film takes an unflinching – and edifying – look at the suffering caused both by a legacy of war and the new status quo of economic globalization. And yet, while never losing sight of those grim realities, it also offers us a transcendent tale of hope and perseverance in a world that few Westerners ever have the chance to see.”
The Tribeca awards come only two months after “The Rocket” won three prizes at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival including the Best First Feature Film, the Generation Kplus Crystal Bear, and The Amnesty International Award.
The Tribeca world competition winners for narrative and documentary films were chosen from 12 narrative and 12 documentary features from 14 different countries. The winner of Best Narrative Feature receives $25,000, sponsored by AKA, and the art award “Two Voices #1” by Angelina Nasso.