"Heavy Metal in Baghdad" A Movie About Life as an Iraqi Rocker
“Heavy Metal in Baghdad”
Opens March 12, 2008
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 2004-2007, 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.
Acrassicauda is the only Iraqi heavy metal band in Baghdad.
From the band:
Thanks to your generosity, the band was able to leave Syria on October 10th and escaped to Turkey. The money raised bought them airplane tickets and put some survival cash in their pockets but they’ve burned through it due to Turkey’s high cost of living and are now officially broke. Life in Istanbul is proving extremely difficult for Acrassicauda.
You can donate to the band HERE.
The movie opens in the US this week in Austin, Texas:
9:30 PM, Wednesday March 12th – Alamo Ritz 1
8:00 PM, Saturday March 15th – Alamo Ritz 2
Thanks to VBS.TV for the Heads Up