When God Sleeps

USA, Germany | 2017 | documentary | 88 min. Sound of music

Since ayatollahs put out a fatwa on him for insulting Islam, Shahin Najafi’s life has been in constant danger. In his rock and rap pieces, he often mentions the subjects which are taboo in today’s Iran. Currently, he lives in Germany but every concert poses a risk, both for musicians and the audience. The film is a portrait of a restless artist who needs to hide and often change his looks but nevertheless does not stop performing.

directed by

Till Schauder

German-American director, screenwriter and producer. He was born in 1971 in Seattle. He is a graduate of the Film and Television University in Munich. In 2012, he made his first documentary, "The Iran Job", which won many awards and was shortlisted for the German Film Award. He teaches film at New York University and Vermont College. He was awarded with the Golden Heynal at the 57th Krakow Film Festival for his documentary "When God Sleeps" (2017).

cinematography
Till Schauder, Gerardo Milsztein
script
Till Schauder
music
Max Avery Lichtenstein
editing
Tina Grapenthin
production
Sara Nodjoumi (Partner Pictures), Till Schauder