Rockabul

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    Rockabul

    Directed by

    Afghanistan, Australia, India, Turkey, Bosnia & Herzegovina

    2018

    86 min

    • French
    • English
    • Pashtu
    • Dari

    Documentary

    This is a documentary about Afghanistan's first metal band, District Unknown, that existed on the fringes of Afghan society and beyond comprehension of conservative Islam. While living in Afghanistan for seven years, Australian filmmaker Travis Beard began recording his friends to chronicle a part of Afghan life that is rarely shown in Western media. The film features never before seen footage of Kabul and the underground party scene that existed on the precipitous of this fragile city. To challenge conflict with culture, District Unknown literally put themselves and their followers in the firing line. They became targets because their music connected and communicated to and with Afghan youth, the expat community in Afghanistan and internationally. We watch as the five unassuming young men: Qais, Pedram, Qasem, Lemar and Yousef come of age and deal with identity and freedom in a place where both can get you killed.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Yousef Ahmad Shah
    Screenplay
    Travis Beard
    Cinematography
    Travis Beard
    Editing
    Travis Beard
    Reginald Simek
    Craig Goode
    Music
    Jason Beard
    Production
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    Travis Beard

    Travis Beard

    Australia

    Based in Australia, Travis Beard studied Photojournalism and worked globally as a photojournalist for 12 years. He later moved into video journalism. He also founded Argus Productions, which provides numerous media services in Afghanistan and the region. His first feature-length documentary ROCKABUL (2017) won a Global Metal Award from Metal Hammer Magazine.