When God Sleeps (2017) – [framed] Documentary film series

October 26, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Next Stage
15 Kimball Hill
Putney, VT 05346
$10 in advance or $12 at the door
Next Stage
802 387 – 0102

October 26th – 7:30PM

When God Sleeps, A Love Story in the Age of Terror (Partner Pictures).

When God Sleeps premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. It is written and directed by Till Schauder and features Shahin Najafi.


Winner “Most Valuable Documentary of the year” Cinema for Peace 2017
Winner Best Music Documentary Krakow Film Festival 2017
Nominated for Best Documentary Tribeca Film Festival 2017

Both Mr. Schauder and Mr. Najafi will be in attendance for an introduction and Q & A following the screening.

When God Sleeps depicts the journey of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death and offer a $100,000 reward for his murder.

“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 focuses on the oppression of women, sexism and human rights abuses.
When God Sleeps tells the story of this tireless artist-activist against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and 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 increasingly violent clash between art and religion. (Tribeca Film Festival)

[framed] is a presentation by Next Stage Arts Project, in collaboration with Nancy Schafer, former director of the Tribeca Film Festival, of a brand new series of feature length documentary films, each presented by the filmmaker in an intimate setting at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney, Vermont. [framed] completed its highly successful first series of 6 films in the fall of 2016, and returns by popular acclaim! The current series of films will run on the last Thursday of each month through March 2018. Subsequent titles in the series TBA.

Curator Nancy Schafer worked for the iconic Tribeca Film Festival for 11 years, where she was most recently the festival’s executive director. Schafer and Next Stage co-founder Billy Straus met at the Camden International Film Festival in 2015 where Schafer serves on the advisory board, and the idea of programming a documentary series for Next Stage was born.

The films in the [framed] series have recently played on the festival circuit around the world including Sundance and Tribeca, and all have been recognized with festival honors.

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