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WOULD YOU PUT YOUR LIFE ON THE LINE FOR YOUR MUSIC?

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Inside a decimated nation, witness the birth, rise and fall of Afghan rock music.

 
This is a documentary about Afghanistan's first metal band, District Unknown, during the height of the war. After 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, at odds with an extremely conservative society. 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. The film highlights a moment that speaks to the upheavals still rippling through the nation.
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News

19/12/17: ROCKABUL officially selected to screen the world premiere at the 47th Rotterdam Film Festival.

World Premiere:
1st Feb 20:00
Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg
Schouwburgplein 25 3012 CL Rotterdam, Netherlands

Alternate Screening:
2nd Feb 18:30
Theatre Rotterdam Schouwburg
Schouwburgplein 25 3012 CL Rotterdam, Netherlands


22/10/17: ROCKABUL included in the latest round of Screen Australia funding through their Documentary Producer program. Read more >>

18/11/17: On the 18th of November, Poptech Conference hosted Qais, Travis Beard and Bill Gould, who presented excerpts from the documentary and discussed the past, present and future of the Afghan youth counter-culture movement.

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CREW

TRAVIS BEARD
Director

RocKabul is Travis' first feature film. While living in Afghanistan, he founded projects like Skateistan, Wallords, Combat Communications and Sound Central Festival.

 
 

BROOKE TIA SILCOX
Post-Producer
No-Thing Productions

Brooke was the recipient of the $100,000 Screenwest Emerging Producer Initiative. She produced the Bad Guy on political artist Abdul Abdullah (ABC Arts), Home: The Art of Ian Strange (ABC iView), feature documentary Meal Tickets (MIFF, REV, Sydney Indie FF, MDFF) and the short film Judas Collar. She also associate produced the feature film Jirga (Felix Media).

 
 

BILL GOULD
Executive Producer

American musician and producer best known as the bassist of Faith No More. He is the founder of Koolarrow Records.

 

LESLIE KNOTT
Executive Producer
TigerNest Films

Leslie is an award-winning filmmaker. Her first film, Out of the Ashes, won a 2011 Grierson Award. Her films have been broadcast on Netflix, BBC, ARTE, PBS, ITV, ABC, NBC, Channel 4 and CBC. In 2013 Leslie was nominated for an Academy Award for “Buzkashi Boys” which was co-produced by the Afghan Film Project, a non-profit NGO that Leslie co-founded in 2010 to help train Afghan filmmakers and foster Afghanistan’s film industry.

 

CLEMENTINE MALPAS
Executive Producer
TigerNest Films

Clementine is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 13 years’ experience in the developing world. Her most recent film about Nigerian girls trafficked to Italy for sex, won a SIMA award. Previous films have been nominated for awards from Royal Television Society and One World Media Awards. She was previously based in Kenya and Afghanistan. Her films have been broadcasted internationally on Channel 4, Al Jazeera, CNN, PBS and Netflix among others.

 

CHRISTIAN FALCH
Co-Producer (Norway)
Gammaglimt AS

Christain founded the Norweigan Production Company Gammaglimt AS in 2003.He is currently prodcing documentaries for UpNorth Film. His past titles include The Exorcist in the 21st Century (2012), Street of Dreams (2013) and most recently the award-winning documentaries "Two Raging Grannies" (2014),Blackhearts (2016) and Golden Dawn Girls (2017).

 
 

TORSTEIN PARELIUS
Co-Producer (Norway)

Torstein is a producer and outreach producer for Gammaglimt and UpNorth Film. His most recent titles include Golden Dawn Girls (2017), Blackhearts (2016) and The King And The Crook (2015) as outreach producer, and Braving The Waves (Iran 2016) and Boys Who Like Girls (Finland 2018) as co-producer.

 
 

JASON BEARD
Composer

Jason Beard is a music producer who has composed soundtracks for films including Juliana's Story (2011) which won an award for Best Short Film Soundtrack (LA Movie Awards), Kabul at Work (2012), Melbourne Victory Football Team Anthem (2012), Michael Klim promotion (2013), Mischa Merz "The Sweetest Thing" (Boxer's Memoir) and the Tarwin Valley Project (2013).

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