In one of the most daring, yet foolish, attempts to chronicle the strife of Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda, filmmakers Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi risk their lives to bring us Heavy Metal in Baghdad.

Beginning in 2006, Moretti and Alvi made trips to Iraq to catch up with the band as the members see their practice space bombed and later become refugees in Syria. Shot in true guerilla style, this film acts not only as a platform to showcase Acrassicauda’s music, but it is also a powerful social commentary on the ugliness of war and its many victims.

Heavy Metal in Baghdad takes a heartfelt look at a band who cannot grow out their hair or beards because of societal taboos. It tells the story of a band of refugees whose resiliency is exemplified by their determination to make great music.

Grade A+

Heavy Metal in Baghdad releases in select theaters May 23.