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Heavy Metal in Baghdad?

As the cliche goes, everyone’s got a dream. But what’s the importance of dreaming if you’re living under a brutal regime in Iraq?

From 2003 to 2006, Vice TV journalists Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi travel to Iraq to follow the nation’s only heavy metal band, Acrassicauda (Latin for a deadly black scorpion native to Iraq). This is no ordinary band. Their challenges extend beyond finding rehearsal space; they must weather death threats from extremist groups in a predominantly Muslim country.

According to the filmmakers of “Heavy Metal in Baghdad”:

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.

You can to stream Heavy Metal in Baghdad online at VBS.TV. Fascinating, alternative journalism.

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