Global Cinema Film Series: The Rocket (2013)

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Monday, June 30, 2014 - 7:00pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
$10 / $9

Pre-film talk with Dr. John Pfeifer begins at 7pm.

Ahlo, a 10 year-old boy who is believed to bring bad luck, is blamed for a string of disasters. When his family loses their home and are forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia (age 9) and her eccentric uncle Purple: an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit and a fetish for James Brown. In a last plea to try and prove he’s not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant explosive rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. As the most bombed country in the world shoots back at the sky, a boy will reach to the heavens for forgiveness.

Laos/Australia; Not rated; Directed by Kim Mordaunt; 96 mins.

An Appalachian Summer Festival
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Global Cinema Film Series

An Appalachian Summer Festival invites you to celebrate some of this year's greatest independent films from around the world. With the help of festival film advisor, Dr. John Pfeifer, each film was viewed and chosen with careful thought to bring a well-rounded film series to the festival. The film series strives to select films each year that are not readily available to most markets. A theme is chosen to create a comprehensive, educational and fun aspect to the films in hopes that attendees are given an experience they would not have received in any other place. Prior to each film, Dr. Pfeifer will host a discussion and share behind-the-scenes information about the film.

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