Official Panorama Section
Director: Travis Beard
Genre: Documentary, Music, War
Today, Afghans are one of the largest migrant populations fleeing their country for Europe or the West. Since 2002 the international community has injected more than a trillion dollars into Afghanistan. What went wrong? This film examines the counter-insurgency, the culture campaign that the US government, within and others, waged. Told through the eyes of Afghan youth, who start the country’s first ever heavy metal band and an adventurous Australian, who created a Western style music scene in the capital – Kabul. Will head banging, disenchanted Afghans win the hearts and minds of their peers or will the Taliban come back from the grave?
Travis Beard studied Photojournalism and worked globally as a photojournalist for twelve years. He later moved into video journalism. The Australian also founded Argus Productions, which provides numerous media services in Afghanistan and the region. His first feature-length documentary RocKabul (2017) won a Global Metal Award from Metal Hammer Magazine.
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