WHEN GOD SLEEPS 3
Music On Screen

When God Sleeps

Year 2017
Runtime 88 mins
Language German / Farsi / English
Subtitles English
Canadian Premiere

Follow exiled Iranian musician Shahin Najafi as he settles in Europe - fleeing a fatwa that makes his musical success incredibly dangerous.

In 2015, terrorists attacked the Bataclan in Paris, causing a flurry of European backlash against Middle Eastern refugees. One such man is Shahin Najafi, an Iranian musician who fled his home country after a fatwa - a bounty - was put on his head. Juggling a blossoming personal life and a growing high-profile career in Cologne, he is all too often reminded that the price for his success may ultimately be his life.

With camerawork that underlines the intimacy of the subject, and a story that hits home with the current ongoing refugee crisis, WHEN GOD SLEEPS is an in-depth look at the life of an outspoken artist defying the powerful men intent on keeping him silent.

Awards
Berlin, Cinema for Peace Award – Most Valuable Documentary of the Year; Krakow Film Festival, Golden Heynal Award – International Doc Film Music Competition
Festivals
Tribeca, Docland Film Festival, Munich Film Festival, Krakow Film Festival
Director
Till Schauder
Producer
Sara Nodjoumi
Cinematographer
Schauder Till, Milsztein Gerardo
Editor
Grapenthin Tina
Music
Lichtenstein Max Avery
Cast
Najafi Shahin