Syria: Surviving civil war with heavy metal

Armed with a cellphone and borrowed camera, the young Syrian Monzer Darwish seeks refuge in producing a ‘rockumentary’ about Heavy Metal music in Syria. His documentary film called ‘Syrian Metal Is War’ is currently being edited in Lebanon. A trailer was published on youtube.com in January 2014:

Syrian Metal Is War – Documentary Promo

Published on youtube.com on 22 January 2014

“The same government that, prior to the war, condemned, threatened, and jailed heavy-metal musicians for their sonic storytelling is battling extremists who have also banned non-Islamic music and targeted musicians in parts of rebel-held Syria, in a conflict that has killed 150,000. Is music really more sinful than such devastating violence? Darwish wants his film to focus on these kinds of questions, not on the politics of the civil war.”


“Even before the Syrian war broke out, government officials and community leaders moved to disperse Heavy metal bands and the music scene they had established. It wasn’t just that singers were spinning poetry that denounced war and corruption. The authorities, like those in many other Middle Eastern countries, accused metal musicians and fans of immorality and devil-worship.

In 2009, for instance, Bashar Haroun, a Syrian heavy-metal producer and performer, released a doom-metal track with his Aleppo-based band Orion titled, “Of Freedom and the Moor.” Shortly thereafter, Syrian authorities jailed him for allegedly encouraging a “Satanic movement,” citing as evidence a T-shirt of his with skulls on it and a poster he had of the Norwegian black-metal artist Burzum.

Now, the same government that, prior to the war, condemned, threatened, and jailed heavy-metal musicians for their sonic storytelling is battling extremists who have also banned non-Islamic music and targeted musicians in parts of rebel-held Syria, in a conflict that has killed 150,000. Is music really more sinful than such devastating violence? Darwish wants his film to focus on these kinds of questions, not on the politics of the civil war.”


syria_Darwish

» See more on:  www.theatlantic.com

Surviving Syria’s Civil War With Heavy Metal
Armed with a cellphone and borrowed camera, a young Syrian seeks refuge in a rockumentary




» See also:  Freemuse report: ‘Headbanging against repressive regimes – Censorship of heavy metal in the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia and China’

Click to open or download PDF



Tags: , ,

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The comment form is closed at this time.

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers:

%d bloggers like this: