Radio Dreams

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Radio Dreams

Babak Jalali
USA, 2016
Fiction, 93min, OmeU

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Radio Dreams

Babak Jalali
USA, 2016
Fiction, 93min, OmeU

Cast: 
Mohsen Namjoo
Hamid
Kabul Dreams
Sulyman Qardash, Siddique Ahmed and Raby Adib
Lars Ulrich
Lars Ulrich
Mohammad Talani
Screenplay: 
Babak Jalali
Aida Ahadiany
Sound: 
Mahmood Schricker
Camera: 
Noaz Deshe
Editor: 
Nico Leunen
Babak Salek
Composer: 
Mahmood Schricker
Decoration: 
Laura Lathi

Production: 
Butimar Productions
World Sales: 
Reel Suspects
Format: 
DCP
Color

A single day unfolds at a farsi-language radio station in San francisco. The staff awaits a much-anticipated visit from the metal band Metallica, arranged with the highest of hopes by hamid, the station’s perpetually exasperated program director. In Iran, hamid was a renowned author, but he’s since channeled his energy into keeping Pars Radio’s schedule packed with meaningful content. Also in the mix is real-life Afghani band Kabul Dreams, who’ve been summoned to join their rock idols for a broadcast that’ll hopefully drum up some new listeners. But the meeting isn’t just a publicity stunt – at least not for hamid, who sees it more as a symbolic cultural exchange between East and West.
RADIO DREAMS writer-director Babak Jalali strikes the perfect tone, couching the film’s more serious themes within a small-scale film that’s filled with deadpan humor and understated yet powerful performances – particularly by the charismatic Mohsen Namjoo, aka “the Iranian Bob Dylan” – as the passionate hamid. (Cheryl Eddy)