Set against the lush backdrop of rural Laos, this spirited drama focuses on a scrappy ten-year-old named Ahlo and his family. After their village is displaced to make way for a massive dam, they escape through the Laotian outback in search of a new home. Along the way, they come across a rocket festival, which Ahlo sees as a chance for a new beginning. These characters, mostly played by non-professional actors, embody the resilience and hope born out of a country affected by the legacy of war, and undergoing great economic change. Official Oscar entry from Australia. In Lao with English subtitles.
Ticket also includes admittance to the Opening Night Gala at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, 477 Melwood Ave. Pittsburgh PA, 15213.