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When God Sleeps

„My songs didn't make me famous. The fatwa did.“ And so we embark on the journey of rapper Shahin Najafi, whose bold style and transgressive lyrics put him in the crosshairs of religious clerics in his native Iran. The clerics issued a fatwa for his death incensed by one of his rap songs that focusses on the oppression of women and human rights abuses. When God Sleeps tells the story of this tireless artist-activist against the backdrop of the global right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees. Shahin’s escape leads to an impossible romance when he falls in love with Leili Bazargan, the granddaughter of the first Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran. With such family backgrounds, Shahin and Leili become a modern day Romeo & Juliet, caught in the storm of Europe’s refugee crisis, rising Trumpism and global anxiety about the violent clash between art and religion.

Till Schauder

Germany / USA 2017

German, Farsi, English

Documentary form
90 min · Colour · 2K DCP


Till Schauder

Produced by

Till Schauder Filmproduktion
Göttingen, Germany
+49 175 6215381

World sales

Ro Co Films International
Sausalito, USA
+1 415 3326798


  • Sat Feb 17 10:00
    delphi LUX 1 (E)
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  • Thu Feb 22 14:00
    delphi LUX 2 (E)
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