Heavy Metal in BaghdadSuroosh Alvi, Eddy Moretti, 84 min, USA, Canada.
Heavy Metal in Baghdad is a feature film documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda for a few years after the fall of Saddam Hussein. 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.