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“Nach dem Abspann war die Anspannung im Publikum deutlich spürbar.

Es dauerte etwas, bis die Zuschauer sich dem Bann des Dokumentarfilms

entziehen konnten, der zu berühren weiß, ohne zu dramatisieren und der

schonungslos die Brutalität des Alltags in Kabul aufzeigt“

(Süddeutsche Zeitung)


"Der ganze Kinosaal war wie elektrisiert. (...) Dieser Film hinterlässt

wirklich Spuren - und Gänsehaut."

"Eine spannende und bedrückende Dokumentation."

(WDR, Westart)


"Authentisch und berührend"

(Der Tagesspiegel)



90 minutes

Kabul, December 11, 2014. During the premiere of a theatre play about suicide bombings a 17 years old boy blows himself up. Some in the audience clap, because at first they think the explosion is part of a very realistic re-enactment. Only when panic spreads do they realize what happened.

The documentary film TRUE WARRIORS tells the story of the actors and the musicians who were on stage that day. With their play, they wanted to make a point against the terror and violence that eats up their country. Now they are paralyzed by fear. Ever getting on a stage again? Unimaginable! Becoming a famous musician? Way too dangerous!

Only when violence hits a second time, some of the artists decide to take a different approach.They become ever more radical as artists. Not only do they go back on stage – they also play the most daring piece they imaginable, on the streets of Kabul, unprotected.

TRUE WARRIORS reminds us that if we really want to defeat terrorism we need to offer more than fear and hatred. One of the actors said after a screening in Germany: "We need to move from a culture of war to a culture of peace – and who could lead the way but us artists?".

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A co-production by Brot + Zwiebel

and Pantaleon Films

in association with ARTE

supported by Filmförderung

Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

and the German Film Fund.



Director // Cinematography // Producer: 

Ronja von Wurmb-Seibel // Niklas Schenck

Co-Director // Cinematography: 

Lukas Augustin // Augustin Pictures

Second Camera: Abdulhai Darya // Benno Müchler

Editor: Julia Drache

Additional Editing: Angela Tippel

Consulting Editor: Andrew Bird

Music: Andrej Melita

Music for film trailer: Lisa-Marie Puy

Sound: Roman Vehlken

Co-Producer: Dan Maag

Color Correction: Jochen Hinrichs-Stöldt // Optical Art

VfX: Markus „Maggi“ Selchow // Optical Art

Head of Postproduction TV: Jenny Cazelles // Optical Art

Head of Postproduction Cinema: Benjamin Wüpper // Optical Art

Subtitles: Eurotapes // Michael Kastelic // Audio2

Motion Graphics: Annabell Huckele

Graphics: Daniel Weiss // white by design

Title designer: Natalie Heinlein // Shahin Shokoui

Translation: Hasib Azizi // Qais Hatef // Azim Fakhri

Filmdisposition Marc Erich Wessel

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