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© Amin Khelghat

WHEN GOD SLEEPS depicts the journey 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.

"I'm still in disbelief," he says today. Yet he insists: "I will never apologize for my art."
Genre Music, Biopic, Art
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2017
Director Till Schauder
Cinematography Till Schauder, Gerardo Milsztein
Cast Shahin Najafi, Shahryar Ahadi, Majid Kazemi, Leili Bazargan
Producers Till Schauder, Sara Nodjoumi
Production Company Till Schauder Filmproduktion, in co-production with Partner Pictures
Runtime 90 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
 German, English, Farsi
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Tribeca 2017, Krakow 2017, Munich 2017, UNHCR International Human Rights Film Festival Japan 2017, IDFA 2017, Doc Lands San Francisco 2017, Calgary 2017, Cologne 2017, In-Edit Barcelona 2017, Two Riversides FF Poland 2017, Denver 2017, Braunschweig 2017, Kitzbühel 2017, Southern Circuit FF Tour 2017, Guth Gafa IFF Ireland 2017, Sound Unseen Minneapolis Film & Music Festival 2017, Nuremberg International Human Rights FF 2017, European Film Festival Göttingen 2017, Unabhängiges Filmfestival Osnabrück 2017, Arabisches Filmfestival Tübingen 2017, Bahamas Island House FF 2018, Seeyousound International Music FF Torino 2018, Göteborg 2018, Lola@Berlinale 2018, Istanbul Human Rights FF 2018, One World Prague 2018
Awards Golden Heynel Best Music Documentary Krakow 2017, Most Valuable Documentary Cinema For Peace 2017, Jury Award Sound Unseen Minneapolis 2017
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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