Australian feature film The Rocket has taken the top honour at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Set in Laos with mostly non-professional actors, it won best narrative film while its 10-year-old star was selected as best actor.
Best documentary went to Dan Krauss’s The Kill Team, about a group of US soldiers charged with killing Afghan civilians. The 12th annual festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro, ends on Sunday.
The young star of The Rocket, Sitthiphon Disamoe, stars as Aholo – a boy who enters a traditional rocket festival to help save his poverty-stricken family who have been uprooted for the construction of a dam.
Jurors said the film, which picked up the best first feature award at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, “offers us a transcendent tale of hope and perseverance in a world that few Westerners ever have the chance to see”. via Tribeca honours Australian film The Rocket with top prize.