"Heavy Metal in Baghdad" Is Pretty Much "Rock Star" But with Less Marky Mark and More Deadly Explosions
We all know this one: A group of young kids with rock & roll dreams form the only heavy metal band in the entire capitol city despite the oppressive religious mores that could possibly have them killed for doing so. They write some songs, have some laughs, the United States illegally invades their country sending their society into chaos. One of them probably falls in love with a world-wearied groupie, and then a scud missile explodes their practice studio…
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 2003-2006, Iraq disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay alive, always refusing to let their heavy metal dreams die.
Snooze! That story's been told a million times. As a matter of fact, I think that most of that synopsis was lifted from Dokken's wikipedia page.
Tags: Iraq, Islam, Music, Religion