Directed by Till Schauder (2017, 88 min.). Digital.
This documentary tells the story of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death, incensed by a rap song that focuses on the oppression of women, sexism, and human rights abuses. As Najafi juggles a budding romance in Cologne, far from loved ones, with a professional career that may ultimately cost him his life, he spars with bandmates who are ambivalent about the risks posed by his high profile, and battles German police who refuse to see the death threat on his head as a legitimate danger. With camerawork that underlines the intimate nature of this film, When God Sleeps bears witness to the life of an outspoken artist defying powerful men intent on silencing him.
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