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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."


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