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Sirens

Directed by Rita Baghdadi
2022
USA, Lebanon
78 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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This rousing rock-doc features an all-female thrash metal band from Lebanon, led by Beirut guitarists Shery and her on-off bestie Lilas. Selected Sundance 2022.
In Lebanon, bands are under threat for pro-LGBTIQA+ lyrics, heavy metal is banned in many venues and women in Lebanese society find themselves caught between convention and liberation. It’s against this background that musicians Shery Bechara and Lilas Mayassi created thrash metal band Slaves to Sirens. Despite a Glastonbury gig, Sirens struggles to make an impact in Beirut. The volatile founders were once in a romantic relationship, but Lilas has moved on, adding to the band’s woes. Moroccan-American director Rita Baghdadi’s crowd-pleaser skilfully captures the Slave to Siren’s magnetic energy while highlighting her subjects’ battle to stake a place in their homeland’s culture.

A likable crowd-pleaser about the intersection of gender, sexuality and aggressively loud music in a culture that isn't always open to deviations from the norm.
Dan Fienberg, Hollywood Reporter
Sirens passionately unravels a moving tale of feminine camaraderie, rivalry and sexual awakening against the backdrop of Lebanon’s ongoing political unrest.
Tomris Laffly, Variety
A roof-raising rock-doc with heart to match its decibels.
Neil Young, Screen International

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Sun 12 Jun
8:15pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Past Event Cancel
Tue 14 Jun
8:30pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Sounds on Screen
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
USA, Lebanon
Language
In English and Arabic with English subtitles
Director
Rita Baghdadi
Producer
Camilla Hall, Rita Baghdadi
Cinematographer
Rita Baghdadi
Editor
Grace Zahrah
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Music, Gender & Sexuality, Middle East, Focus on Women, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, LGBTQIA+ Films
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Autlook Filmsales
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