Sirens (in-person & online)

Dir: Rita Baghdadi

Lebanon / USA


78 mins



On the outskirts of Beirut, two young women, Lilas and Shery wrestle with friendship, sexuality and destruction in their pursuit of thrash metal stardom.

Slave to Sirens, Lebanon’s first (and only) all-female heavy metal band is spearheaded by guitarists and co-founders Lilas and Shery. The bandmates play off each other, sharing laughs, jam sessions and rehearsals. But being on stage and in the light isn’t always easy, especially at the height of the Lebanese revolution, fighting the crushing weight of patriarchal tradition and grappling with the continuing political and economic instability in Beirut.

Observing the band’s ups and downs, from performances at Glastonbury to soul searching as they confront their inner demons, Rita Baghdadi’s Sirens is an intimately involving and invigorating portrait of the band and its members that doesn’t diminish the difficulties of life in Lebanon, but focuses more intently on the joys of friendship and the freedom and power of self-expression through music.

This film contains flashing images/strobing.

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