Like their English-speaking metalhead counterparts, the members of the Iraqi heavy metal band 'Acrassicauda' proudly have an affinity for the likes of 'Metallica,' 'Slayer' and 'Mayhem,' and they fully embrace the anti-establishment ethos of the metal subculture.

They don't do so because of middle-class ennui or as a reaction to privilege, however; they do so as a way to channel the horror and chaos they witness on a daily basis in their native war-torn Iraq. The story of Iraq's only heavy metal band is told in the documentary 'Heavy Metal in Baghdad,' and it's our free movie pick of the day.
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