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Bigzzad: Sound Of Tehran




Behzad Khakbaz, best known by his stage name Bigzzad, is an Iranian singer, songwriter producer and actor. He founded the band “Underground Dream” for which he was the main vocalist and composer [1]. The band was formed in 2011 in Tehran. Apart from releasing two full length albums and several singles, Behzad has also been featured as the lead actor in a documentary called “The Ultimate Choice”, which focused on the hardships Iranian’s have to face as musicians. He came to acclaim when he started working on “Beyond the Bombs” for which he won the award of “Artistic Spirit Award”. He recently put his efforts in the project “Bigzzad: Report of a Nightmare”

He was born to Iranian parents on April 22, 1983, in Tehran. He moved to the United States in his early twenties, where he lived with his family of three. He studied Information Technology from the university in Tehran. Born and raised in a conservative country and choosing a profession contrary to the mindset of the people living around is one of the challenging things in life. Yet the Iranian singer, songwriter, and actor, Behzad Khakbaz chose this daring journey to pursue his dreams.

Bigzzad was passionate about music since childhood. This was the reason he left his degree in information technology and formed a heavy metal band. The band was formed in 2011 in Tehran. It was named “Underground Dream”, which consisted of Behzad himself as a composer and lead singer [1]. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles he formally perused his music career. A musician must not only be a good vocalist, but also be good at playing instruments, and following this strategy, he learned to play bass guitar, drum, and keyboard. He also knows how to play Sitar and Tanbur, traditional Irani instruments. The instrumentals of the band and the aggressive skill as a musician made them a distinctive among one of the heavy metal bands of Tehran. They had to go through a lot of struggle and challenges due to the ban on heavy and western music in Iran.

In the early days when Bigzzad moved to Los Angeles, he faced many hardships. This was because everything was new to him, new country, new people and only one dream. He then had the opportunity to learn music under the supervision of many renowned composers and directors. Many of his devoted friends encouraged him to be persistent on his struggle for music, and he believed that in any journey one must be accompanied by some faithful people, because they always push you to accomplished your goals.

Following the Iranian revolution in 1979, the ban culture on western music is common in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The State not only restricts the musician to undergo censorship but also bans the music if they consider it against the cultural values. The Iranian rock singer and the founder of the band “Underground Dreams”, Bigzzad defied this ban culture in 2011 after the release of his first album, and that move ultimately brought him to Los Angeles. Their first album, “Maximum Gain” was released in the same year (2011), in Iran through Blue Pie Records, despite the restriction of states on this music genre. A new CD was also recorded in 2013 in Hollywood, CA.

Bigzzad is one of the three Iranian musicians who left their country after their first music album had controversially been banned by the government in 2011. Speaking about the hardships in his early days of singing career, his first release became controversial in his home country. Bigzzad has always termed the ban and censored culture in Iran as an unjust move for the creativity of musicians. In 2017, Bigzzad was awarded the Artistic Spirit Awards for “Beyond the Bomb”, a documentary film directed by Robert Kraetsch and produced by Michel Grey.

“Beyond the Bomb “was a documentary on Bigzzad which was filmed to showcase the struggles of Irani musicians, how they risked their lives going beyond the cultural values to pursue freedom. Therefore, he believed that if one dares to follow the passion, then no one can stop you pursuing your dreams. Until now he has released two albums, and singles, and is also featured in a documentary film, yet he believes, he must work harder to prosper more in his music career ahead. Behzad poured all of his energy into his new project BIGZZAD.  With crushing guitars and impassioned vocals BIGZZAD pulls off the rare magic trick of creating incredibly heavy music that retains its mainstream appeal.  BIGZZAD’s new album ‘Report Of A Nightmare’ is the culmination of his incredible journey around the world and marks the beginning of a new era for this unstoppable young artist.

The musician is an optimist he believes both in his music career and in his home country, where metal musicians are not allowed. His journey from Iran to Los Angeles was fascinating for him, he finds his self-feeling stuck in Los Angeles on a roller coaster between freedom and fear that leads to gut-wrenching lyrical journeys, emotional peaks, and valleys and ultimately a choice for their dream. at the same time, it was an addition of a new challenge in his life as he had chosen a career against the norms of society in his own country. Initially, it was challenging for him, yet he bore the hardships of his music career. An Italian proverb says, “Starting is always difficult, but every desire is attainable.”

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“The Firing Squad”: I Cried Buckets of Tears




Sitting in the dimly lit theater, I had no idea what to expect as the opening credits of “The Firing Squad” began to roll. Little did I know that I was about to embark on an emotional journey that would leave me reaching for tissues and struggling to catch my breath.

The film follows the true story of three Christians facing execution by firing squad in a third world country. Directed by Timothy A. Chey, it features a stellar cast including James Barrington, Kevin Sorbo, and Cuba Gooding Jr. Each actor brings their character to life with such authenticity and depth that it’s impossible not to be fully immersed in their struggles and triumphs.

As the plot unfolded, I found myself drawn into a world of despair and desperation, but also one of unwavering faith and hope. The characters’ journey from darkness to light, from despair to redemption, resonated with me on a deeply personal level. I couldn’t help but be moved by their courage and resilience in the face of unimaginable adversity.

But it was the performances that truly stole the show. James Barrington’s portrayal of the protagonist’s internal turmoil was nothing short of mesmerizing, while Kevin Sorbo and Cuba Gooding Jr. delivered powerhouse performances that left me in awe.

And then there was the message of the film—that no matter how bleak the circumstances may seem, there is always hope. That even in our darkest moments, faith has the power to transform lives and bring about redemption. It was a message that hit me like a ton of bricks, leaving me with tears streaming down my face and a renewed sense of purpose.

As the credits rolled and the lights came up, I found myself struggling to put into words the impact that “The Firing Squad” had on me. All I could manage was, “I cried buckets of tears.” And I wasn’t alone. As I looked around the theater, I saw others wiping their eyes and exchanging emotional glances.

In the end, “The Firing Squad” wasn’t just a movie—it was an experience. An experience that left me feeling inspired, uplifted, and profoundly grateful for the power of cinema to touch the soul. And for that, I will be forever grateful.

The movie is set to premiere in the theatres worldwide on August 2, 2024. And this is definitely a must watch movie, reminding people of the strength of faith.

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