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When God Sleeps depicts the journey of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who was forced into hiding after hardline clerics issued a fatwa for his death, incensed by a rap song that focused on the oppression of women and human rights abuses. As a youth, Najafi was talented in recitation of the Koran. Now each of his concerts puts his life at risk.

tags: Documentary, Music, Politics, Religion, Current Affairs

With: Shahin Najafi, Leili Bazargan, Shariyar Ahadi, Majid Kazemi, Günter Wallraff


Screenplay: Till Schauder

Director of Photography: Till Schauder, Gerardo Milzstein

Film Editor: Tina Grapenthin

Composer: Max Avery Lichtenstein

Sound: Michael Geck, Rene Niklas

Producer: Till Schauder, Sara Nodjoumi

Production Company: Parter Pictures

Co-Producer: Michael Ehrenzweig, Jutta Krug

Co-Production Company: Till Schauder Filmproduktion, ITVS, WDR Redaktion Dokumentarfilm

World Sales: ro*co films international

Distributor: Real Fiction Filmverleih

Director: Till Schauder


Till Schauder is a German filmmaker based in Brooklyn. He made his U.S. debut with the feature SANTA SMOKES, which won Best Director at Tokyo, and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award. His first documentary, THE IRAN JOB, was released worldwide and nominated for Best Documentary Feature at Los Angeles 2013.