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  • This undated publicity image released by the TriBeca Film Festival shows Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo, left, Thep Phongam as Purple, and Loungnam Kaosainam as Kia in a scene from "The Rocket," a film competing in the Tribeca Film Festival. The Laos adventure “The Rocket” and the Afghanistan War documentary “The Kill Team” have taken top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Tribeca Film Festival, Tom Greenwood)

Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:49 pm

'The Rocket,' 'Kill Team' take top Tribeca honors

By JAKE COYLEAP Entertainment Writer

The Laos adventure "The Rocket" and the Afghanistan War documentary "The Kill Team" have taken top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In an awards ceremony Thursday evening in New York, festival jurors selected Kim Mordaunt's "The Rocket" for best narrative film. Its 10-year-old star won best actor. The young Sitthiphon Disamoe stars as Aholo, who enters a rocket festival to help save his poverty-stricken family that's been uprooted for the construction of a dam.

Taking best documentary was Dan Krauss' "The Kill Team," an examination of the so-named group of U.S. soldiers charged with killing Afghan civilians.

Earlier Thursday, the festival awarded its first recipient of the inaugural Nora Ephron Prize, an award for female filmmakers. The prize went to writer-director Meera Menon. Her first film, "Farah Goes Bang," chronicles friends making a road trip to campaign for John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election.

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival ends Sunday.