Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2008)

Heavy Metal in Baghdad
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 24mins.
Genres Documentary, Music, Interview
Keywords journalism, political
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Bernardo Loyola Writer n/a 120782 4000001
Shane Smith Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Spike Jonze Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Suroosh Alvi Writer n/a 120782 4000002
Eddy Moretti Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Acrassicauda Original Music n/a 120838 8000001
Bernardo Loyola Editor n/a 172 7000001
Monica Hampton Producer n/a 3 3000003
Suroosh Alvi Producer n/a 3 3000002
Marwan Reyad Actor n/a 1 1000004
Faisal Talal Actor n/a 1 1000003
Firas Al Lateef Actor n/a 1 1000002
Tony Aziz Actor n/a 1 1000005
Eddy Moretti Director n/a 2 2000001
Eddy Moretti Producer n/a 3 3000001
Suroosh Alvi Director n/a 2 2000002
Suroosh Alvi Actor n/a 1 1000001
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 in American pop culture, while registering the omnipresent violence that threatens to overwhelm any situation. Candid interviews with the band members offer a new vantage point on a modern generation yearning for change but driven from their homeland by the fog of war.