On Monday, Sept. 18, the Southern Film Circuit hosted “When God Sleeps,” a documentary starring Shahin Najafi, an Iranian musician who was exiled from Iran for speaking out against his country and their religion. The film was directed and produced by Till Schauder.
The character claims “My songs didn’t make me famous. The fatwa did.”
A fatwa is a ruling—often a death sentence—given by an Islamic figure of authority. In Najafi’s case, nearly an entire nation wanted him dead because of his explicit songs. He eventually had a bounty of $500,000 placed on his head.