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

ROCKABUL documents Afghanistan’s first metal band District Unknown and part of Afghan life that is rarely shown in Western media.

The film features never before seen footage of the underground expat party scene, at odds with an extremely conservative society. The audience will witness the birth, rise and fall of this counter culture movement and see a raw first-hand account of what the West’s development funds were used for. The band put themselves and their followers in the firing line. They became targets because their music connected with Afghan youth, the expat community living in Afghanistan and international audiences. We watch as the five unassuming young men deal with identity and freedom in a place where both can get you killed.

ROCKABUL presents a unique insight for audiences into the real cost of war and demonstrates the similarities and the differences of young men across cultures and countries with hopes and dreams of rock stardom.

Various foreign languages, English subtitles
Tuesday, 28th May
Wednesday, 29th May

Legend Deluxe: In-Cinema dining session.
Event: Special event screening, complimentary & discount tickets do not apply
CC & AD: Closed captions or audio description available for individual use for this session, captions DO NOT appear on-screen.

Session times for the new cinema week, commencing each Thursday, will be released the Tuesday afternoon prior

Rating M
Genre Documentary
Running Time 93
D PDF sessions Closed Caption Temporary Wheelchair Access Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Great British Deluxe FILM CLUB E Youtube Monthly Matinee