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The Rocket, directed by Aussie filmmaker Kim Mourdant, won the Best Narrative Film award at this year’s New York-based Tribecca Film Festival.

The film is set in Laos, starring mostly amateur actors, and tells of a young boy who is said to be cursed from birth and is blamed for everything that goes wrong, including the building of a new dam in the local area.

As a result, he leads his family through Loas and he enters a competition to build a home-made rocket to help his family from the poverty they live in.

Mourdant accepted the award from Tribecca co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal and said of the film’s victory:

“"This award is really going to help this film ... and bring attention to the developing world, and our relationship to the developing world."


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Australian film The Rocket wins top award at the Tribecca Film Festival
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