Heavy Metal in Baghdad
Heavy Metal in Baghdad (2008)

VICE Magazine co-founder Suroosh Alvi and VICE Films head Eddy Moretti embark on a gonzo journey to meet Iraq's only heavy metal band in a freewheeling documentary focusing on youth culture in war-torn Iraq. In the summer of 2005,… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: May 23, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite being a Gonzo-esque rockumentary following the fortunes of Iraq's one and only heavy metal band, Acrassicauda, Heavy Metal is actually a moving and impassioned account of the middle-east crisis.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

The guerrilla-movie-making ethic of the directors is reflected in the band members, who sport goatees and speak excellent, hipster/metalhead-inflected American English.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

More than just another Iraq-doc, Heavy Metal is a surprisingly up-close look at the toll of the war on young people, and how they still have dreams and still want to jam, party and get down.

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Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi's powerful yet soft-centred documentary about the Iraqi metal band Acrassicauda creates a fascinating portrait of life in Iraq as seen through the eyes of young metal-heads...

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The low-budget movie's technical qualities aren't always the best, but considering the conditions under which the filmmakers worked, it's amazing that Heavy Metal in Baghdad was made at all.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

An intrepid, unlikely and altogether splendid feat of D.I.Y. reportage.

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Don Groves

Doc on Baghdad's only heavy metal band provides fascinating insights into war-torn country.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The dangers these musicians experience every single day are bound to impact any audience. This is what it really looks like to bang your head against the wall.

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Jim Ridley
Village Voice

The movie reclaims metal's appeal to the powerless as well as its threat--when you can get shot for wearing a Slipknot T-shirt (talk about "Death, be not proud")... raising those devil horns isn't an empty act of aggression.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gives us a rough idea of how bloody awful it is to be living in Baghdad.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
El Hombre Invisible
Acrassicauda means 'black scorpion' in latin. It's also the name of the only heavy metal band in Iraq. Needless to say, heavy metal is frowned… More
rocko perkovich
The daily struggles these guys go through to conquer even the simplest of tasks is incomprehinsible.
Jason Reneau
Fantastic! This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. Heavy Metal in Baghdad tells the story of Acrassicauda, a metal band from Iraq, whose… More