Browse films

RocKabul

Travis Beard
Australia, 2018, 90 min.


AIFF Award Winner:
Best Music Documentary

RocKabul is a coming of age documentary about youth, freedom of expression, and the strength of the human spirit. As Afghanistan's first and only metal band, District Unknown, performed to disenchanted Afghan youth, the expat community and eventually the outside world. By challenging the traditional Islamic republic, District Unknown put themselves and their fans in the firing line, and their story shows a side of Afghan life rarely shown in Western media.

One of the District Unknown band members, Qais, and executive producer, Billy Gould, best known as the bassist of Faith No More will be in attendance.

Director's Statement

From 2009, when I first met the band members of District Unknown, until the day they split up and subsequently left their home country Afghanistan, I was by their side. I was there not only to document the events, but also as a mentor and friend.

Category: Documentary, Award Winner.
Themes: Music, Culture, World Cinema, Human Spirit.

More in Documentary

  • Post-Election Works

    Post-Election Works

    Kate Haug
    United States, 2019, 17 min.

    Post-Election Works contemplates the present moment through the writings of German-Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin as an artist recounts her... more ›

  • The Last Steps

    The Last Steps

    Mazdak Movahedi
    United States, 2018, 3 min.

    Driving through Tucson, Arizona it's hard not to see them, not to think of them, and not to remember them. This is the story of those last steps... more ›

  • Right to Harm

    Right to Harm

    Matt Wechsler, Annie Speicher
    United States, 2019, 81 min.

    An expose on the public health impact of factory farming across the United States, told through the eyes of residents in five rural communities. Filmmakers... more ›