THURSDAY THE ROCKET
12.30AM, SBS ★★★★
Set the recorder. A tough-skinned, yet tender-hearted coming-of-age drama, The Rocket launches itself in viewers’ affections, and remains there. Filmed in the war-ravaged nation of Laos by Australian filmmaker Kim Mourdant, this is the story of a young lad named Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe). A resourceful child, Ahlo was born a twin, a status which has cast a long shadow over his short life (in Laotian culture, it is believed one twin is good and the other is evil). This one little boy must prove the fates wrong, and The Rocket offers an irresistible ground-level view of the mountainous quest before him.