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Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007)

In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi traveled to Baghdad to meet and interview the only heavy metal band in Iraq, ... See full summary »

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In the late summer of 2006, in the middle of the insurgency, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi traveled to Baghdad to meet and interview the only heavy metal band in Iraq, Acrassicauda. "Heavy Metal in Baghdad" is the story of the band and its members, young Iraqis whose lives have been distorted and displaced by years of continual warfare in their homeland. The filmmakers have collected glimpses into the struggles of Acrassicauda as they try to stay together and stay alive. Their struggle is the untold story of the hopes and dreams of an entire generation of young Iraqis. Written by Anonymous

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Marwan Reyad: For six years, man, we've been like bounded to that store. I remember all that shit, dude. This is a quite impressing movie that you filmed down there. You know what? We feel sad. We feel terribly fucking sad. This is a fucking sad scenes. Tragedy scenes. Seeing the country that you grew up in and all the people that you know that don't live anymore. Right now dead. These are the things that you lay your back on. These are things that you turn off the TV whenever, or like change the channel ...
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One of the Best Documentaries on the Iraq War
7 January 2009 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a great documentary, regardless of whether or not you listen to heavy metal, or even whether you're liberal or conservative. This film wisely sidesteps political commentary and boils down the situation in Iraq to the experiences of a TRULY struggling heavy metal band in Iraq. All they want to do is play music, but this simple desire for creative expression proves practically impossible both during Saddam's regime *and* the American occupation. This really has to be one of the most spot-on, objective documents of the current situation in Iraq. Like I said, this isn't about heavy metal, it's about the struggles of living in a war-torn society. By narrowing the focus to a music band, the film is able to show us up-front the present reality of life in Baghdad. It's heartbreaking to see the human spirit gradually being stamped out of these guys This is a must see for any creative artist, and ultimately, any human being who appreciates living in a free society.


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