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Directed by Rita Baghdadi
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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Program Strand
Sounds on Screen
Unclassified 15+
USA, Lebanon
In English and Arabic with English subtitles
Rita Baghdadi
Camilla Hall, Rita Baghdadi
Rita Baghdadi
Grace Zahrah
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Music, Gender & Sexuality, Middle East, Focus on Women, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, LGBTQIA+ Films
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Sales Agent: Autlook Filmsales
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