RocKabul

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Directed by Travis Beard
2018
90 minutes
15+
Australian musician, journalist and debut director Travis Beard chronicles Afghanistan’s only metal band as they take to the stage, risking their lives for rock music.

When Beard met District Unknown back in 2009, Kabul’s fiercely conservative and traditional community frowned upon music. The young Afghan men in the band could barely find instruments, much less a rehearsal space. Practice sessions were interrupted by power cuts and exploding bombs. The musicians persevered, but as their notoriety grew, Qasem, Pedram, Qais, Lemar and Yousef had to choose whether to stay or go, knuckle under or keep rockin’.

Travis Beard went to Afghanistan as a volunteer teacher and journalist, where he organised activities like skateboarding, graffiti and the first alternative arts festival.

Also plays in this year’s Australian Documentary Foundation Competition

This film is nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary:

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RocKabul

Event Cinemas George St 9
Fri 15 June
8:30pm—10pm
Past Event Cancel

RocKabul

Dendy Newtown
Sat 16 June
8:45pm—10:15pm
Past Event Cancel
Year
2018
Classification
15+
Country
Afghanistan, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Turkey
Language
In English, Dari and Pashto with English subtitles
Director
Travis Beard
Producer
Travis Beard, Brooke Silcox, Bridget Callow-Wright
Screenwriter
Travis Beard
Cinematographer
Travis Beard, Ellie Kealey, Ruth Owen, Alex Footman, Rodrigo Diaz, Christian Rinke, David Gill, Jacob Simkin, Elissa Bogos, Asat Nurmatov, Mikhael Gualustov
Company Credits
World Sales: Monoduo Film Sales
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