The Rocket

The determination of a boy with the odds stacked against him

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Rite of passage

A young boy's journey through grief, guilt and self-doubt

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Stunning Laos

Rarely seen by the outside world since the end of the Vietnam War

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Audience favourite

A winner of 45 awards at major international film festivals

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The Rocket

Wednesday December 10, 7.30pm, $10, ArtSpring
The Rocket follows Ahlo, a ten year-old boy believed to be bad luck, when his village in rural Laos is displaced by a foreign dam project. With another outcast child, Kia, and her alcoholic, James Brown-obsessed uncle Purple join his family, they travel through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. In an all-or-nothing grasp to save his family and prove he's not cursed, Ahlo enters the local Rocket Competition for his shot at redemption. A winner of 45 international film festival awards, The Rocket is a spirited, captivating story, and a unique view into a world never seen on film before.


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2015 festival

The 16th annual Salt Spring Film Festival will take place March 6th-8th, 2015. You can submit a film (at no charge), or make a suggestion, by October 15th, 2014. See our FAQ page for more information.

Social justice

During the Festival weekend the Salt Spring Film Festival Society hosts a Social Justice Bazaar. Many local organizations gather to educate the audience of their activities in the social fabric of Salt Spring Island.

Non-profit

The Salt Spring Film Festival is a non-profit charitable society incorporated in 2010, whose mission is to educate, inspire and activate our community through a festival of documentary film from Canada and around the world.


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