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17.10.19 - Save the Children Conference - Hong Kong

21-24.10.19 - Zaans Film Festival - Netherlands

11.12.19 - Asian Film Festival Barcelona - Spain



ROCKABUL screening at the River Film Festival Padua, Italy

ROCKABUL screening at the River Film Festival Padua, Italy


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

RocKabul is a coming of age documentary which deals with youth identity and freedom of expression that existed on the precipitous of the fragile city of Kabul. It shows the strength of the human spirit as Afghanistan's first and only metal band, District Unknown, reach out to the disenchanted Afghan youth, the expat community and eventually the outside world. However, by challenging this traditional Islamic republic, District Unknown literally put themselves and their fans in the firing line. The grassroots music movement which encouraged the participation of men and women alike ultimately crumbles under the weight of the conservative society that shadows them. Captured by Australian filmmaker, Travis Beard who lived in Kabul for seven years, the film features a side of Afghan life rarely shown in Western media.

"Even if the music isn’t to your taste (seek help), the struggle of this band speaks across genres to anyone who knows what it feels like to fight for self expression." MUSICFEEDS.com.au


Previous Screenings

07.19 - Grossman Fantastic Film and Wine Festival - Slovenia

7&8.09.19 - Lake County Film Festival - US

18-21.09.19 - Reeperbahn Festival - Hamburg, Germany

02 & 07.05.19 - Brooklyn Film Festival - US

May-June 2019 Australian Theatrical Release: Cinema Nova Melbourne, Dendy Newtown Sydney, Dendy Canberra, Lido Hawthorn, Pivotonian Geelong, New Farm Brisbane, Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

8-19.05.19 - Doc Fest Munchen - Germany

17.04.19 - Arizona Film Festival - US PREMIERE - BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY AWARD

06 & 13.03.19 -AIDC @ ACMI - Federation Square - Melbourne Australia

05.02.19 - Sharm El Sheik International Film Festival - Egypt

14-20.01.19 - Diorama Film Festival - India

15-19.11.18 Mannheim Heildelberg International Film Festival - Germany

16.11.18 - Rokumentti - Finland

6.11.18 - Braunschweig International Film Festival - Germany

04.11.18 - Doc n Roll - UK Premiere

29.10.18 - Verona Film Festival - Italy

22-26.10.18 - Norway - Save the Children Refugee Conference

12-21.10.18 - 34th Warsaw Film Festival - Poland Premiere

20-30.09.18 - /Slash Film Festival - Vienna - Austrian Premiere

21.09.18- African Premiere - Festival Music Film - Johannesburg - South Africa

21-24.09.18 - Wave Rock Weekender Festival - Western Australia

10.09.18 - Off Cinema - Lago dei Cigni - Florence, Italy

22-25.08.18- Soundtrack Festival - Cologne - Germany Premiere

14&15&18.07.18 - Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival - ASIAN PREMIERE

13.07.18 - Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads - NSW Australian

08.07.18 - Revelation International Film Festival, Perth Australia

27.06.18 - Rockabul is entered into the 8th AACTA Awards

15&16.06.18 - Sydney Film Festival, Australian Premiere

09.05.18 -  Nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary

29.05.18 - River film Festival, Padua, Italy

17.05.18 - Reykjavik Deathfest, Iceland

14.05.18 - Toyen Kino, Oslo, Norway

05.05.18 - NordicDocs, Trondheim, Norway

26.04.18 - Dokfest, Volda, Norway

24&29.04.18 - Cinemateket Film Festival, Trondheim, Norway

15.04.18 - Middle East Now Film Festival, Florence, Italy

8&9.04.18 - Titanic International Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary

30.03.18 - Inferno Extreme Metal Festival, Oslo, Norway

17.03.18 - Weesp Refugee Film Festival, Netherlands

09.03.18 - Kosmorama Festival - Trondheim, Norway

01.02.18 - Rotterdam International Film Festival - WORLD PREMIERE


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

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.




The Afghan Australian Development Organisation (AADO) was founded inn2002 by Dr Nouria Salehi OAM AM, a much-awarded humanitarian, diaspora leader and refugee advocate.  Women were excluded from education and workplaces during the Taliban decade, so AADO’s programs bring the gift of education and training to women and their families, help them develop sustainable livelihoods and professional skills.

Click here to give the gift of education today:  https://www.aado.org.au/donate/





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


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).


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.


Midwinter Films

Bridget is an award winning producer, her most recent film; The Butterfly Tree had its international premiere at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and has since sold theatrically across the world including AU/NZ, US, UK, China and Russia. It won Best Picture and Best Actor at CIAFF, and was nominated for 3 AACTA Awards, 1 FCCA Award and 4 Oz Flix awards including Best Picture.

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.

Executive Producer

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

Executive Producer

Ellie Kealey is a freelance photographer and videographer with over 9 years’ experience working extensively across Central Asia and MENA region. Previously based in Afghanistan and Beirut, her most recent assignments include; South Sudan for the UN; social care in Kurdistan and Iraq; female empowerment in Tunisia, Morocco and Palestine; Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon.


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).


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 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).

And not to forget all the camera operators, audio techs, fixers, archive, post production people that we just cant squeeze in here.




International Sales
Ben Bassauer

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