“There are traces of early Wim Wenders in this story of immigrants adrift in a world not their own, trying to make the best of things.”
Babak Jalali's charming US/Iranian co-production is a hectic day in the life of a Persian radio station programmer based in San Francisco. For Hamid (played in a rare on-screen performance by Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo), this isn't an ordinary day. Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan's first rock band, are visiting the US for the first time and he has organised a special on-air jam session with Metallica. Hamid must struggle against Metallica's ever-changing schedule, and a creative vision at odds with the radio station's commercial imperatives.
Radio Dreams premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival where it won the Tiger Award.