The 32nd annual Toronto Film Festival, the largest public film festival in the world, takes place from September 6th through 15th, 2007. "Heavy Metal in Baghdad" will premiere in the festival's documentary program, 'Real to Reel', as one of 20 of the "most explosive and thought provoking documentaries from the U.S. and around the world..."
In the late summer of 2006, as the insurgency escalated and gripped every corner of the city, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi traveled to the Red Zone in Baghdad to meet and interview the only heavy metal band in Iraq, Acrassicauda. "Heavy Metal in Baghdad" is the story of that band and its members, following them from their beginnings under the dying days of Sadaam's rule to the present day. The filmmakers have collected glimpses into the struggles of Acrassicauda as they try to stay together and stay alive. Their story is the untold story of the hopes and dreams of an entire generation of young Iraqis, young lives that have been distorted and displaced by years of continual warfare in their homeland.
To view the trailer: www.heavymetalinbaghdad.com
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a VICE FILMS production
"HEAVY METAL IN BAGHDAD"
a film by EDDY MORETTI and SUROOSH ALVI
music by ACRASSICAUDA
edited by BERNARDO LOYOLA
executive producers SPIKE JONZE and SHANE SMITH
produced by MONICA HAMPTON
produced and directed by EDDY MORETTI and SUROOSH ALVI