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Heavy Metal in Baghdad

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Release Date: May 23, 2008Running Time: 84 mins.
MPAA Rating: R
Genre: Documentary, Interview, Music

Suroosh Alvi
Firas Al Lateef
Faisal Talal
Marwan Reyad

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Gonzo-style documentary follows journalists Suroosh Alvi and Eddy Moretti from VICE magazine as they attempt to track down the one and only heavy-metal band in Iraq, Acrassicauda. With the magazine's help, the band managed to put on a sold-out show following Saddam Hussein's ouster in the summer of 2005. More than a year later, the VICE crew heads back to Iraq in hopes of locating the band once again. What they find is both country and band torn apart by war, with buildings and rehearsal studios destroyed by bombs and band members unable to traverse the bullet-filled blocks that separate them. The film presents a glimpse into the youth culture of modern Iraq, introducing young Iraqis steeped... Full Summary >>