When God Sleeps


When God Sleeps“My songs didn’t make me famous. The fatwa did.” When God Sleeps tells the story of exiled Iranian artist-activist Shahin Najafi against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and the global right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees. With a death warrant (fatwa) issued for his life, Shahin is faced with life-and-death decisions that affect his professional and personal life.


“Intimate and compelling” – Screen International


Till Schauder - When God SleepsTill Schauder, Director

Till Schauder began his filmmaking journey in his native Germany as the writer and director of award-winning feature films Strong Shit and City Bomber. His US debut, Santa Smokes, won several international awards, among them Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival. In 2012, Schauder completed his first documentary, the critically acclaimed The Iran Job. In 2014, he received the Medienstiftung NRW from Germany’s largest federally-funded film resource. Schauder received his MA at the University of Television and Film Munich. He teaches at New York University and Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Monday September 18, 2017 University Center Theater, Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC 7:00 PM ET
Tuesday September 19, 2017 Winder Cultural Arts Center Winder, GA 7:30 PM ET
Wednesday September 20, 2017 Williams Hall Auditorium, Oxford College of Emory University Oxford, GA 7:30 PM ET
Thursday September 21, 2017 Neville Hall, Presbyterian College Clinton, SC 7:00 PM ET
Monday September 25, 2017 Martha Street Culp Auditorium, East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TN 7:00 PM ET
Wednesday September 27, 2017 Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts Maryville, TN 7:00 PM ET
Thursday September 28, 2017 Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University Auburn, AL 6:00 PM CT