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Mastodon and Neurosis Discuss Documentary "Heavy Metal In Baghdad"

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After tomorrow, Middle Eastern relations will never be the same. No, the U.S. military is not gonna carpetbomb Iran (at least, we don’t think they will), there’s still no end in sight for soldiers stationed in Iraq and Israel’s definitely not signing a peace treaty with the Palestinians. Still, it will be a historic day for fans of Iraqi heavy metal since the film “Heavy Metal in Baghdad” will go on sale. An insightful, funny and emotional documentary film that follows the Iraqi band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day, “Heavy Metal in Baghdad” is both a testament to endurance and an affirmation of the strength of the human spirit.

“Heavy Metal in Baghdad” premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2008 SXSW Film Festival, the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and was screened at the 2008 New York Underground Film Festival. The movie was hailed by Newsweek, The LA Times and the New York Times, which said it was, “both a stirring testament to the plight of cultural expression in Baghdad and a striking report on the refugee scene in Syria” and added “this rock-doc, like no other, electrifies its genre and redefines headbanging as an act of hard-core courage.”

Videos of members of Mastodon and Neurosis discussing the film can be viewed here.

You can view the trailer for "Heavy Metal In Baghdad" below.

Source: Headbanger's Blog

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1. psythe writes:

I really, REALLY wanna see this, actually. Looks to be an amazing journey into behind-the-press-scenes Middle East - and mixing in heavy metal, how can it go wrong? hahah

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2. Westfallen writes:

Looks cool except that little remark at the end, to play to the hippie film show judges.

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