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Radio Dreams (2016)

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A brilliant and misunderstood Iranian writer struggles to pursue his ambitious goal of bringing together Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan's first rock band.


Babak Jalali


Babak Jalali (script by), Aida Ahadiany | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Lars Ulrich ... Himself
Mohsen Namjoo Mohsen Namjoo ... Hamid
Larry Laverty ... James
Kyle Kernan ... Wrestling Coach
Boshra Dastournezhad ... Maral
Mohammad Talani Mohammad Talani ... Reza
Mahmood Schricker ... Morad (as Mahmoud Schricker)
Sulyman Qardash Sulyman Qardash ... Himself
Keyumars Hakim Keyumars Hakim ... Mr.Afshar
Siddique Ahmed Siddique Ahmed ... Himself
Litz Plummer Litz Plummer ... Opera Singer
Ali Tahbaz Ali Tahbaz ... Yashar
Koroush Mehyar Koroush Mehyar ... Michael
Bella Warda Bella Warda ... Vida
Raby Adib Raby Adib ... Himself


A brilliant and misunderstood Iranian writer struggles to pursue his ambitious goal of bringing together Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan's first rock band.

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Release Date:

19 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man in Charge See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,053, 2 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,356, 14 July 2017
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Butimar Productions See more »
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I wrongly assumed a story about contemporary immigration and integration issues. We got something else yet interesting to watch, like dilemma's around running a radio station
11 January 2017 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Saw this movie at the Rotterdam film festival (IFFR.COM) 2016. It was part of the official Tiger Award Competition, due to a new policy this year being confined to only eight movies. The latter (competition = festival's flagship) inevitably gives rise to high expectations. Nevertheless, I wonder why this film was chosen. Other festival visitors reasoned along similar lines, and it ended thus on a middle-of-the-road 76th place (out of 178) for the audience award. That said, it was not bad after all, sort of entertaining in its own way.

I must admit that I expected too much, but not all my time was wasted. The movie provided for interesting insights in running a radio station, be it run by Iranians or any other nationality for that matter. The continuous tension between financial issues versus running ads versus providing for interesting content, is relevant for any broadcasting and other forms of publicity too.

Minimal time was devoted to how and why these Iranians and others from various countries left their homes and how much effort it took to integrate. That was apparently not the primary topic of this movie. I think I misconstrued the synopsis on the festival website, and assumed this film intended to study contemporary issues around integration and assimilation of people from abroad. In hindsight the synopsis focused on music and musicians rather than immigration politics after all, so I stand corrected.

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