Kim Mordaunt, Director, The Rocket
The Banja Luka Youth House screening was a special one for me. Firstly, a young woman, Natasa Maric, talked about the “loss” and “broken promise” from the dam corporation that relocate Ahlo and his family. Natasa and her teacher Alma told me that the older people of communities near Banja Luka had also been displaced by dams – also the victims of broken promises. I had a strong feeling that people were not talking about “loss” as much as they would like and it was wonderful that a story a small family in Laos was provoking conversation. Natasa kindly said it was the best film she had ever seen which is hugely touching for me – especially as her voice had more emotion in in it than I have heard in a long time.