Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2007)

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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, ... See full summary »


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2 September 2010 | runamokprods
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| More a film about humanity in war than 'heavy metal'
I found myself surprised to like a film about heavy metal this much. Just personal taste, but it's not music that usually speaks to me.

But this tragic, darkly comic, oddly triumphant and endearing look at a group of young Iraqis trying to keep their band together and play - in the middle of the insanity of war, and then later in exile in Syria - and also seeing the crazy bravery of the two young guys trying to make a film about them - has stuck in my head with very fond feelings.

By making the war and it's effects this personal I came away with a much deeper understanding than I might have from a film trying to cover the whole wide landscape.

I wasn't quite as moved on a second viewing with friends, but it's still a film I think of with tremendous warmth, and recommend whether you like heavy metal or not.

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