The local Producer of last year’ smash Meal Tickets - Brooke Silcox – comes back Luna Leederville to the rock and roll table with this great look at Afghanistan’s only heavy metal band and the risky endeavour of playing this illegal music in this fractured place. Q&A Screening Thursday, May 23rd at 6.30pm with special guest Brooke Silcox giving us amazing insights into the making of this extraordinary and unique film. Hosted by Matthew Eeles, Cinema Australia.
At the outset of the film, Qasem, Pedram, Qais, Lemar Yosef are members of the head-banging outfit District Unknown (DU)…and they can hardly play…tuning up is something you do when you play onstage, not when you rehearse right? Enter Australian journalist Travis Beard whose admiration for the boys and his own love of music begins to channel things in a much more productive way to a point of significant international success and local notoriety. In Afghanistan however, nothing can be taken for granted and the hopes that blazed so brightly for the band and Travis collide with political and social realities.
RocKabul covers so much ground it’s excellent and fascinating viewing from start to end and well deserving of its international success on the film festival circuit.
"Rockabul.. shows us a part of Afghan culture, taking us inside life in Kabul.. and provides an experience that is a privilege to witness." - MARGARET POMERANZ AND GRAEME BLUNDELL
"A film that set out to change people's views, RocKabul is a flooring documentary giving a glimpse into the lives of young people in Afghanistan." - BEAT MAGAZINE
'Through their successes and struggles, a constant danger lurks -not just for their artistic endeavours, but from the precarious presence of the Taliban.' SWITCH
“A respectful, powerful, entertaining, informative, engaging documentary that kicks ass.” THE CURB
"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