The film tells the story of Iranian singer Shahin Najafi. He released a satirical rap song that triggered thousands to rally in a campaign for his assassination. Hardline clerics issued a death fatwa against him and placed a $100,000 bounty on his head. Shahin’s escape leads to an impossible romance when he falls in love with Leili Bazargan, the granddaughter of the first Prime Minister of Iran. Shahin and Leili caught in the storm of Europe’s refugee crisis, rising Trumpism and global anxiety about the increasingly violent clash between art and religion.
Till Schauder was born in 1971 in Seattle and studied at the University of Television and Film Munich. In 2012, Schauder completed his first documentary, < The Iran Job >, which was released worldwide, mentioned as an Oscar contender and shortlisted for a German Academy Award. Schauder teaches film classes at NYU and Vermont College of Fine Arts.