Heavy Metal in Baghdad

heavy-metal-in-baghdad.jpgBlabbermouth has an excellent piece on an interview done with Suroosh Alvi, the director of the documentary film Heavy Metal in Baghdad. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival focuses on the band ACRASSICAUDA (Latin for “Black Scorpion”) which is the only heavy metal band in Iraq (can you imagine?). You can download the trailer in quicktime format here.

Did you know that Iraq is the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis? I know that I didn’t.

Update! The band are currently in hiding in the US for fear of their lives if they go back to Iraq. Read all the details in the Rolling Stone Rock and Roll Daily article Iraqi Heavy Metal Band Ask for Help as They Fight to Survive.