A Kabul Music Diary


2003 / 52 minutes

Directed by
John Baily
Country of production
United Kingdom

Ethnomusicologist John Baily returns to Kabul to see what is happening in the world of music one year after the defeat of the Taliban. The film documents a variety of musical activities, including performances of rubab lute music by Kabul's traditional musicians, songs of Afghan orphans, the Music Department of Kabul university and a student pop group playing electric guitars and keyboard. Implicitly, the film identifies some of the dilemmas facing those seeking to help Afghans rebuild their music culture.

Language and subtitles
Original Version with English Subtitles
Location(s) depicted
Middle and Near East
Music / Ethnomusicology War / Conflict / Reconciliation