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Heavy Metal In Baghdad
Heavy Metal In Baghdad


Eddy Moretti & Suroosh Alvi


84 minutes

Produced by:
Monica Hampton

Edited by:
Bernardo Loyola

    Official Selection! Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection! Berlin International Film Festival

"A stirring testament to the plight of cultural expression in Baghdad and a striking report on the refugee scene."
—New York Times

"A surprisingly up-close look at the toll of the war on young people." —Los Angeles Times

Heavy Metal in Baghdad is a feature film documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day. Playing heavy metal in a Muslim country has always been a difficult (if not impossible) proposition but after Saddam’s regime was toppled, there was a brief moment for the band in which real freedom seemed possible.

That hope was quickly dashed as their country fell into a bloody insurgency. From 2003-2006, Iraq disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay alive, always refusing to let their heavy metal dreams die. Their story echoes the unspoken hopes of an entire generation of young Iraqis.

DVD Special Features:

  • 45 Minute Featurette: Heavy Metal In Istanbul - the documentary that picks up where Heavy Metal in Baghdad left off
  • 7 Additional & Deleted Scenes: 30 minutes of extra content including extended interviews with the band plus a meeting with the "Iraqi Godfather" in Syria
  • 3 Live Performances: Acrassicauda Live! - Original Acrassicauda songs "Underworld", "Kings Without A Throne" and "Message From Baghdad" performed in 2006 & 2008
  • 8 Page Booklet: including the original Vice magazine article "No War For Heavy Metal"
  • Theatrical Trailer
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