'Heavy Metal In Istanbul' Documentary Available Online

"Heavy Metal in Istanbul", the 45-minute documentary follow-up to "Heavy Metal in Baghdad" which was only available as a special feature on the collector's edition of the "Baghdad" DVD, can be streamed in its entirety below for this week only.

"Heavy 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.

ACRASSICAUDA along with the film's director, Suroosh Alvi, were recently interviewed on "Fresh Air", WHYY's national weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. The program is now available for streaming at this location.

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield surprised ACRASSICAUDA on February 1, 2009 backstage at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey by presenting them with one of his guitars, a black ESP, and signing it "Welcome to America." Video footage of the meeting can be viewed below.

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"That's for keeping the faith," Hetfield said, adding as he disappeared with his entourage down a corridor, "Write some good riffs."

According to The New York Times, the United States government has granted ACRASSICAUDA refugee status, which allows them to apply for green cards in a year, and the International Rescue Committee has placed them in a modest one-bedroom apartment in Elizabeth, N.J., where there are as yet no METALLICA or SLAYER posters on the walls but a bundle of guitars are piled in one corner.

"This is more than we ever could have expected or dreamed of," said Firas Al-Lateef, 27, the bassist, who arrived five months ago.

Laura Ingle of Fox News last month filed a two-minute report on ACRASSICAUDA and the bandmembers' recent move to the U.S. where they are pursuing their dreams of heavy metal stardom. Watch the clip below.



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