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We are living in a heavy metal world

11 October 2008 - A group of Iraqi Metallica fans decided to form a heavy metal band called Acrassicauda. Why heavy metal? "Look around. We are living in a heavy metal world". A documentary about the group will open the International Amsterdam Film Festival next Thursday.

'Heavy metal in Baghdad' is a somewhat chaotic but intriguing documentary about the band, but also about everyday life in Baghdad and the impact of the US-led invasion. Now and then, fleeting images reveal what a beautiful city Baghdad must have been.

When the band started out under the Saddam Hussein regime, a representative of the Culture and Media Ministry told them that they would have to play at least one song for Saddam, or they would be sent to jail. Reluctantly, the band obliged: "Follow our leader, Saddam Hussein, we'll make them fall, we'll drive them insane".

Fans were afraid to do any headbanging, for the authorities might mistake the movement of their heads for a suspect form of prayer, because it looks a bit like the way in which Jews pray.

After the invasion, things did not get any better. A grenade blew up the band's practice place and people still cannot say or wear what they want.

The band members moved to Syria, where Iraqis were not welcome and life was even worse than in Iraq. Since, they moved to Istanbul. Their friends from Baghdad are either dead, have left the country or have disappeared from sight.

International Amsterdam Film Festival


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