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.
CountriesGermany United States
- Berlin, Cinema for Peace Award – Most Valuable Documentary of the Year; Krakow Film Festival, Golden Heynal Award – International Doc Film Music Competition
- Tribeca, Docland Film Festival, Munich Film Festival, Krakow Film Festival
- Till Schauder
- Sara Nodjoumi
- Schauder Till, Milsztein Gerardo
- Grapenthin Tina
- Lichtenstein Max Avery
- Najafi Shahin