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Syrian Metal Is War is a film that offers a peek into the underground heavy metal scene in Syria, capturing the everyday lives of musicians in war-torn cities. This documentary depicts the enduring spirit of heavy metal musicians and their dedicated fans who, despite the chaos and destruction surrounding them, continue to rock on. 

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Paris, France

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London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Wacken, Germany

«Amid the shells and rubble, Darwish captured stories of
hope, perseverance and resistance among Syrian youth.»
The Times
«A heartbreaking, compelling, and an utterly
essential piece of global metal history.»
«This film is testimony to the trials and tribulations of the metal
community in one of the most dangerous countries on the planet today.»
World Metal Congress

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At its core, this film is about much more than metal musicians in Syria—it’s a representation of hope, resilience, the healing nature of music, and the importance of fighting for what you love. Syrian Metal is War was screened around the world at festivals, universities, and private venues in several different countries including Germany, France, Czech Republic, Lebanon, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Columbia. It was also featured on major media outlets including The Atlantic, Vice, The Times, Heavy, Revolver, and many more.

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