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Movie Reviews – Here be dragons: “The Rocket”

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 7:24 pm, Thu Feb 27, 2014.

The Rocket, feel-good drama, not rated, in Lao with subtitles, The Screen, 3 chiles

Luckily for young Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe), his mother (Alice Keovahong) isn’t a staunch traditionalist. Ahlo’s family is part of Laos’ Akha ethnic group, people who, according to a report from the U.N. Human Rights Council, “believe that twins are demons … who have to be killed instantly after birth.” Even when Ahlo is confirmed to be a twin when a sibling is stillborn, his mother refuses to heed the words of her ornery mother in-law. She cradles Ahlo in her arms and then goes into the jungle to bury his twin, whispering, “Better his father didn’t know.”

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