Metal in Baghdad is a feature film documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy
metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present
day. 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. From 2003-2006, Iraq
disintegrated around them while Acrassicauda struggled to stay together and stay
alive, always refusing to let their heavy metal dreams die. Their story echoes
the unspoken hopes of an entire generation of young Iraqis.
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