Pakistani grindcore band Multinational Corporations recently appeared in a documentary Extreme Nation about the extreme metal communities of South Asia: India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. In the documentary bands and members appearing in the documentary were very candid about their thoughts many of which are probably not controversial in other parts of the world where challenging authority (both political and religious) are part of everyday life, but in these parts of the world could be a death sentence not just for yourself but even in your family.
Hassan, vocalist of Multinational Corporations, who was very outspoken in the documentary had something happen to him live during filming. In the documentary itself, Hassan even tells the director, Roy Dipankar, not to air that portion of the interview for his own safety and the safety of his family. This request was ignored and appeared in the documentary anyway.
Since then, his life has been threatened.
This is a very disturbing escalation of events.
For those of you anywhere in the world trying to film a documentary – DON’T PUT OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES ON THE LINE FOR YOUR PROJECTS. Your life may be fine once your project is completed and released, but the subjects who appeared will have to live with that aftermath for the rest of their lives.
Please read the statement below:
“I don’t care if anyone’s day is ruined by this but this is about me and my personal safety and my personal life – Roy Dipankar added some scenes of mine in Extreme Nation without my consent, even when I had asked him for the last couple years to delete those scenes from the final footage because it would not put me in a safe position for the rest of my life. those who have seen the film can guess what scenes I’m talking about. But he didn’t listen. He lied several times to me. And after the release when I told him what I thought about his crap, he blocked me like the piece of shit he is. That’s an incredible break of trust for me and I hope someone breaks his trust the same way in the future. There will never be any forgiveness from my side for this and I sincerely hope the very worst for him.
I put aside a lot of important things to help him with covering the Pakistan side, he couldn’t do the smallest thing in return to guarantee my safety. That is the lowest level of scum to me. – Hassan.”