release date March 01 2021
The Band Screens at as of March 3
Director Albaqer Jafeer’s documentary film The Band will screen at platform as of Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 pm (GMT +1) and for four months, to end on July 2. The film comes with English subtitles and tickets will be available for audiences through the platform’s website.

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The Band won four international awards, including the Special Jury Prize for Best First Time Director at the Cine4all Fest, the Arab World Institute's Best Feature Documentary Film Award at the Festival des Cinémas Arabes in Paris, France, the Karama Feather for Best Documentary Film Award at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan, and a Special Mention at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival in Algeria. The film also screened at the Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival and the Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival (SAFF).

Written and directed by Albaqer Jafeer, The Band is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions. The film tells the story of Hulm Band that is made up of six musicians who are sparing no efforts to fulfill their dream of playing Sufi music in their hometown, Sadr city in Iraq. They only face one dilemma which lies in the fact that they can get murdered for playing music in a city where music is forbidden. In 67 minutes, the film follows the band members as they open up to the film's director, Albaqer Jafeer, on their dreams, aspirations and the reality in which they find themselves.

Albaqar Jafeer is an Iraqi director who studied filmmaking at the Iraqi Independent Film Center in 2009. Later on, Jafeer participated in filmmaking workshops inside and outside Baghdad where he studied screenwriting, directing, editing and production management. Albaqar Jafeer's filmography includes the short documentary film Rafa't Alam (Rising the Flag) and Ghorbat Ghajar (Strangeness of the Gypsies) and the experimental film 50mm Lens. The Band is Jafeer's debut feature documentary film.