RocKabul

2019

RocKabul

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RocKabul is a long form observational 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 fight 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 in the band 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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  • Most bands only have to put up with jeers if they bomb. The stakes are always much higher here, which is part of what makes this documentary highly engaging.

    May 16, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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