AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY ON THE FIRST METAL BAND IN AFGHANISTAN ACMI PREMIERE
The Afghan band members of District Unknown literally put their lives on the line for their music.
Rockabul had its World Premiere at Rotterdam International Film Festival, Australian Premiere at Sydney Film Festival (where it was nominated for Australian Documentary through the Documentary Australia Foundation) and has screened at more than thirty festivals internationally. This will be the first screening in Travis’ hometown.
Travis, Afghan band member Lemar and producer Brooke Silcox will be part of a Q&A after the screening to be held:
ACMI – FEDERATION SQUARE
6 MARCH AT 18.30
The film features never before seen footage of Kabul during the American intervention.
Bill Gould from Faith No More came on as an Executive Producer and says:
“With District Unknown I see the energy and enthusiasm that I had when I just started playing but they are living in a hostile environment – and they are not afraid to do it. They are making it happen. That’s the kind of rock and roll spirit we have to admire.”
RocKabul is a coming of age documentary, which explores youth identity, and freedom of expression on the precipitous of the fragile city of Kabul. It shows 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 put themselves and their fans in the firing line. Ultimately, we see a music movement, which encouraged the participation of men and women alike, crumble under the weight of the conservative society that shadowed them. The film features a side of Afghan life rarely shown in Western media.
ROCKABUL official website: www.rockabul.com
Argus Productions: www.argusproductions.org
No-Thing Productions: http://no-thing.co