• Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Afghanistan
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
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Out of Competition // Australian photojournalist Travis Beard’s debut film 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.

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  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Travis Beard
  • DOP
    Travis Beard
  • Editing
    Travis Beard, Simon Price
  • Duration
    77 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Afghanistan
    • Australia
    • United Kingdom
  • Colour
    • Colour
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    • Rotterdam IFF
    • Kosmorama
    • Weesp Music Festival
    • Titanic IFF
    • Middle East Florence
    • Dokfest Volda
    • Nordic/Docs
    • Tøyen Kino in Oslo
    • Cinemateket Trondheim
    • Middle East Padova
    • Sydney FF
    • Perth Revelation
    • Bifan FFF
    • YMCA Global Youth Conference
    • Brutal Assault
    • Festival Music Film Johannesburg
    • Warsaw IFF
    • Braunschweig IFF
    • Rokumentti
    • Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF
    • Reykjavik Deathfest
    • Doc Fest Munchen
    • Asian Film Festival Barcelona
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