Anyone who only knows Vice from their magazine might be very surprised by their new film, Heavy Metal In Baghdad (screening today, 9:45 p.m. at the ROM). It tells the story of Acrassicauda (translated from Arabic, it means "The Black Scorpion"), Iraq's only heavy metal band. First covered in an article in the magazine, it was then made into a five-part short series that appeared earlier this year on their Web video offshoot, vbs.tv.
But with all the footage collected over the years, Vice decided the band could become the subject of the company's first full-length feature. The film tells the band's harrowing and touching story with humour and empathy. The handheld camera-shot documentary helps to humanize the Iraqi conflict.