ACE series presents ‘When God Sleeps’ at UC on Sept. 18

The documentary “When God Sleeps” will be shown as part of the Arts and Cultural Events series on Monday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater.

“When God Sleeps” is a rap-punk-rock documentary by Till Schauder that tells the story of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who is forced into exile when hardline Shiite clerics issue a fatwa for his death after they became incensed by a rap song that focuses on the oppression of women and human rights abuses. Following his escape, Najafi falls in love with the granddaughter of the first prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The film is set against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks in the Bataclan concert venue and European right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees. It chronicles the life of an outspoken artist defying powerful men who are intent on silencing him.

The showing is free and open to the public.