Riders on the Storm

"Riders on the Storm" captures a pivotal moment in Afghan history and offers a rare and visceral look at a ruthless sports culture where champions become marked men.

As US forces leave Afghanistan, ending the longest war in American history, the Taliban is gaining ground. Young horseman Khaiber Akbarzada quickly rises to become one of the best players of buzkashi -- the ancient sport where riders battle for control of a headless goat -- but soon learns that fame is both a gift and a curse. To avoid the same fate as his uncle, a legendary buzkashi star who was assassinated during the civil war, he goes into hiding and must ultimately make a choice that will alter the course of his life.

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Credits

Directors:

Jason Motlagh, Mark Oltmanns

Executive Producer:

Bernadette McDaid, Rocky Collins

Producer:

Jason Motlagh, Mark Oltmanns

Cinematographer:

Mark Oltmanns

Editor:

Christina Stiles

Sound Designer:

Peter Albrechtsen

Music:

William Ryan Fritch

Principal Cast:

Khaiber Akbarzada, Gulbuddin "Kalakov" Mulakhil, Gulbuddin Tashkargani, Faisal Hassan

Additional Credits:

Supervising Producer: Brook Holston, Associate Producers: Abdul Hameed Rasekh, Aziz Ahmad Tassal, Associate Editor: Cassidy Damore, Additional Camera Operators: Matthew Cipollone, Jordan Bryon

Contact

Distributor:

Sebastian Burkhardt
Sebastian.Burkhardt@redbull.com

Public Film Contact:

Emily Gottlich
Red Bull Studios
em.gottlich@redbull.com
310-733-6736

Publicity Contact:

Frank PR
clareanne@frankpublicity.com
(323) 965-1990

Details

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Year:

2023

Premiere Status:

World Premiere

Genres:

Documentary, Sports, War

Screening Section:

Documentary Feature Competition

Screening Category:

Documentary Feature

Language:

Dari (Farsi) with English Subtitles

Runtime:

101 mins