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Persian Black Metal Story

Persian Black Metal Story — Autobiography of Iranian Black Metal artist Magus Faustoos Crowley, a political refugee with a bit more peculiar life story than most would've come to expect.


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Persian Black Metal Story

An orphan, an artist, a doctor and a political refugee, Iranian Black Metal musician Magus Faustoos Crowley is all these and much more. He lives today in Berlin, Germany where he waits anxiously to receive his German citizenship. How he got here is a whirlwind of very personal tragedies and triumphs that are fuelled by events of great magnitude like the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988. In the heart of all this Magus finds his voice and a way to express himself through art and especially through Black Metal music. As his art is illegal in his homeland, Magus soon realizes that he has to leave his beloved Iran behind as his search for his destiny takes him around the world as a stateless refugee.

In interviews Magus tells his volatile life story and how history has molded his fate. Rare footage from his album recording sessions, live concerts and art shows in 1990's Iran give us a privileged glimpse into a world hardly ever seen before. In 2001 India grants asylum for Magus as his personal camcorder captures his reckless lifestyle. He tries to find his place but once again his spiritual journey leads to tragedy, leaving him to search for yet another new home, this time in Europe.

This documentary brings forth memoirs of one political refugee whose story is a bit more peculiar than what you might have come to expect. The paradox in the protagonist’s life is that the more he tries not to be political the more political he becomes just by the virtue of talking his heart's truth through his art and music. In today’s political climate and with what is happening in Iran at this very moment, Magus' views might be considered controversial by some and even dangerous by others. It is only after we learn his full story that we are able to understand and appreciate what he stands for and why. His story offers us yet again another point of view from which to look at today’s world and its happenings.


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Poet and writer Roya Hakakian gives great insights about freedom of art in post-revolution Iran. She lived through that time in Tehran and offers her invaluable views on banning of music among other things here. This is great background information for Persian Black Metal Story.

Undergrounded interview with Janne Vuorela:



Germany 2020, 40min
Magus Faustoos Crowley
Writer, Director and Producer: Janne Vuorela
Production Design and Post Production: Karo Riikola
Narrator: Shanese Zee
Music: Beaten Victoriouses , MOGH, Nasmeh, Paganland, and Tears Of Fire




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