When God Sleeps

When God Sleeps

A film by Till Schauder

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.

Worldwide press reports have described Najafi as the “Salman Rushdie of music,” though Rushdie could write while in hiding and Najafi, as a musician, needs to perform. Director Till Schauder will tell one man’s story while delving into issues of freedom of speech and how one man decides to persevere and live his life, despite the fatwa.


When God Sleeps won the 2018 Gold Freedom Award at Passion for Freedom, London.

The documentary is now available in the U.S. on Amazon Prime.

The film has travelled the world in festivals from Bucharest to New Zealand and continues it’s festival run this summer with an Asian premiere in Korea. The film was shortlisted for a German Academy Award.



How To Donate

All donations for the production and distribution of When God Sleeps are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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For More Information

For more information, you can contact Laura Healy, Program Administrator at Auburn at:

Phone: 212-870-3155 or 212-662-4315
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.auburnseminary.org

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