WHEN GOD SLEEPS

That damn Persian hip hop!

  • Sunady, january 28th, 2018 at 17.30 Cinema Massimo Sala 3
  • Saturday, february 3th, 2018 at 20.15 Cinema Massimo Sala 2

 

“My songs did not make me famous. The fatwa did”. That’s what the Iranian musician Shahin Najafi says after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, exiled to Germany and forced to live in hiding. He is guilty of writing hip hop songs about delicate subjects such as censorship, theocracy and, most of all, violence and discrimination against women. After fleeing to Cologne, he will live an incredible adventure and the will even fall in love with the granddaughter of the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran. A sort of modern-day Romeo and Juliet, in which the protagonist has to deal with a multifaceted music scene and threats to his life, while the danger he faces is always underestimated by the police. A story that highlights the intimate and existential sides of a battle against silence. Shahin Najafi is an example to all migrants and refugees who try to realise their hope for freedom, his only weapons being the lyrics of his songs, rich in poetic, literary and philosophical references, and his live concerts.

Directors: Till Schauber
Genre: Documentary
Year: 2017
Country: USA – Germany
Running time: 98’
Language: German – Farsi (o.v. sub. It)

Till Schauber obtained his MA in Film and Television at the University of Munich. He debuted in Germany with City Bomber (1993)
and Strong Shit (1998). In 2002, he won several awards with Santa Smoke, including Best Director at the Tokyo Int. Film Festival
and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award. In 2012 his first documentary The Iran Job was praised by critics and was Germany’s
candidate for the Academy Awards. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Gerd-Ruge-Stipendium of the Medienstiftung NRW, the
major German federal film fund. He currently teaches at the NYU and Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he is the director of the
Film Masters Program. When God Sleeps was presented at the Tribeca Film Festival (2017) and at the IDFA in Amsterdam. It won the
Cinema for Peace Award as best documentary of the year at the Berlin Film Festival and the Golden Heynal Award at the International
Krakow Film Festival.