JorZine - Documentary - Heavy Metal in Baghdad

Documentary - Heavy Metal in Baghdad

Label: Vice

Reviewer: Dark Prince - 2009-12-01

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In the late summer of 2006, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi traveled to Baghdad to meet and interview the heavy metal band in Iraq, Acrassicauda.

This documentary made me going through waves of being skeptical about it, I have shared it with others and didn’t get any positive feedback, to be honest. still I wouldn’t throw my judgment about it as a bad film, it has pretty good parts, nonetheless. 

What I liked, that it is showing how difficult to form metal bands in a Middle Eastern country and it shows one more story of million others we witness here in everyday life, it shows how simple pleasures of enjoying this kind of music are strictly prohibited in some of our societies. 

What I didn’t like, it shows that Arabs are retarded, like we are still living in the stone age, I mean it’s true the Arabian community doesn’t understand the music we listen to not just Iraq, all the middle eastern countries, but to think of it, do you really think that a father would let his son get killed because he listens to a different form of music?! It’s true many of us are facing the risk of getting arrested, end up in jail and facing more problems than other countries, but it wouldn’t reach the level of getting killed for it, so trust me it’s not as bad as it looks in this film.

Additional to that, it leaned more towards politics and war rather than showing the struggling of being into Metal in middle east,  it showed that Iraqis and Arabs in general as a group of hungry animals with craving to kill, which is wrong and way far from the truth. I also felt that the band was like homeless cats asking for someone to offer them a place to live,  with all my respect to the band but you are Arab and you are metallers, fighters,  you don’t need to beg or cry for help,  you came from Iraq a legendry patriotic country were lots of  heroes made a history that speaks for itself.  well I have to say, don’t get me wrong I don’t hate the band, I like them and I understand what they have faced but I just wish that they gained their name from their music as many other middle eastern bands did and still doing, I wish the band the best of luck and I want to thank for supporting one of the bands to be one step closer to their dreams, still I hope you did all of this for the right reasons .

On a side note, I would like to point that  the documentary stated Acrassicauda as the only metal band in Iraq which is wrong there are many talented bands in there. 

All  in all I give the documentary a 6 out of 10  and my advice to you jorinzers if you wish to watch go ahead you will enjoy it but keep an open mind as I don’t see it quite authentic source about metal in Iraq or Middle East in general

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